The Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force and University Medical Center New Orleans will offer free child car seat inspections statewide from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 21 in conjunction with National Seat Check Saturday and Child Passenger Safety Week.

Certified technicians will be available at specified locations to ensure that child safety seats are properly installed. They will also install safety seats that were donated to families in need with money raised by employees of Louisiana’s 147 SONIC Drive-In restaurants. Families requesting seats apply for the donation program in advance.

Louisiana Child Safety Seat Guidelines

On Aug. 1, upgraded laws went into effect regarding car seat safety in Louisiana. Children should use a child safety seat in the safest mode allowed by the child safety seat manufacturer, for as long as possible until outgrowing the seat by harness weight or height.

Here are more rules and guidelines for child passengers in Louisiana from the American Academy of Pediatrics. For reference, convertible seats can switch from rear to forward-facing. 

Infant and toddlers:

All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the maximum weight or height allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits that will permit children to ride rear-facing for two years or more.

Toddlers and preschoolers:

Children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for a convertible seat should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car safety seat manufacturer. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds or more.

School-aged children:

All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8-12 years old. Children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.

Older children:

When children are old and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for the best protection. 

Learn more about best practices in child safety seat usage from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Seat Check Saturday takes place on Sept. 21 at the following locations:

Gray/Houma

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rouse’s Supermarket

5818 W. Main St.

Houma, LA 70360

Kenner 

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Divine Mercy Church

4337 Sal Lentini Parkway

Kenner, LA 70065

Baton Rouge

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Baton Rouge Police Department

9000 Airline Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Lake Charles

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Southwest Beverage Co.

3860 Broad St. 

Lake Charles, LA 70615

Alexandria

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rapides Regional Medical Center

211 Fourth St. 

Alexandria, LA 71301

Monroe

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Banner Ford

6300 Frontage Road

Monroe, LA 71202

Bossier City

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sheriff’s Safety Town

8910 Jewella Ave.

Shreveport, LA 71118

Lafayette

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cajun Harley Davidson

724 I-10 South Frontage Rd.

Scott, LA 70583

Northshore

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Walmart 

880 N. Highway 190

Covington, LA 70433

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