The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) supports child passenger safety (CPS) and the state’s over 1800 certified CPS technicians and instructors by offering training, continuing education, and support materials to educate caregivers on the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts.
In Indiana and across the United States, 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly. Simple mistakes can have devasting consequences. Finding the right seat for your child depends on many factors, and the easiest way to ensure everyone is traveling safely is to have your car seat checked by a certified CPS Technician. Car seat inspection stations operate across Indiana. Search the map to find an active inspection station in your area or go to NHTSA.gov to learn more.
As a general rule, children travel in vehicles in these four steps:
Rear Facing Car Seat
Forward Facing Car Seat
- The Process
Find the right car seat
- Learn about the four car seat types
- Follow NHTSA’s car seat recommendations based on your child’s age and size
- Find and compare car seats and ease-of-use-ratings using NHTSA’s Car Seat Finder
Install your car seat correctly
- Understand the parts and tips used for installation
- Follow our detailed car seat installation instructions and videos
- Get your car seat inspected at a station nearest you
Keep your child safe in a car seat
- Register your car seat and sign up for recall notices to receive safety updates
- Car Seat Recommendations
There are many car seat choices on the market. Use the information below to help you choose the type of car seat that best meets your child’s needs or print out NHTSA’s car seat recommendations for children.
- Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, then choose a seat that fits in your vehicle, and use it every time.
- Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions (check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.
- To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
- Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.