Car Seat Check Events

Many parents and caregivers are unaware of the importance of proper use and installation of child passenger safety restraints and related laws. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States.

Help us ensure that every child is properly restrained in safety seats.

The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety, Cape Girardeau Safe Communities and other local partners will be hosting Car Seat Check Events throughout southeast and south central Missouri the week of September 23. This free event is part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 17-23. Parents and caregivers with small children can ensure their car seats are installed correctly by visiting an inspection station at one of the locations listed below. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will: provide education, perform car seat inspections, review expiration dates, discuss car seat installation, usage and car seat recalls. Checks take an average of 30 minutes to complete. For a full list of inspection stations throughout Missouri, click here.


Quick Tips for Families:

Wear your seat belt: Be sure everyone else in the car buckles up, too. When adults wear seat belts, kids use car seats, booster seats and seat belts. Set a good example and buckle up every ride, every time.

Place kids under 13 in a back seat:  It’s the safest place for them to ride.

Never leave your child alone in a car, even for a minute: A car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes.

Make sure your child is riding safely. Visit a car seat check event to see if you are using your car seat correctly. Common errors include a loose harness, not using the seat belt or LATCH system to properly secure a car seat, failing to correctly use the tether and being unaware of the risks of using a second-hand car seat or booster. A Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician can help you protect your child. 


Click here for more information and additional resources on Child Passenger Safety.

Questions? Contact Emily Church at Cape Girardeau Safe Communities, 573-339-6365 or Ashley Metelski at MoDOT, 573-380-9432. 

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Event Information


Date Agency Time Location Contact Phone Number
Sept. 18 Building Blocks, Caruthersville Police Department, Pemiscot County Initiative Network 2-4:30pm Caruthersville Public Library
800 W 13th St, Caruthersville, MO 63830
Vikki Pylate 573-333-5301
Sept. 18 Perry County Health Department 9am-3pm Perry County Health Department
406 N. Spring St #1,
Perryville, MO 63775
Angie Schuessler or Danielle Verseman 573-547-6564
Sept. 20 Wright County Health Department 8am-12pm & 1-3:30pm Wright County Health Department,
602 E State St,
Mountain Grove, MO 65711
Courtnie Glenn 417-926-0009
Sept. 23 Cape Girardeau Fire Department 10am-1pm Fire Station #1
1 S. Sprigg
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Prior to event, please contact Emily Church to make an appointment. 573-339-6365
Sept. 23 Dunklin County Health Department 10am-1pm Dunklin County Health Department
402 Recovery Rd,
Kennett, MO 63857
Prior to event, please contact Kim Hughes to make an appointment. 573-888-9008
Sept. 23 Farmington Fire Department 10am-1pm Farmington Fire Department
222 E Columbia St,
Farmington, MO 63640
Prior to event, please contact Emily Church to make an appointment. 573-339-6365
Sept. 23 Howell County Health Department 9am-1pm Go Farm Farmer's Market
805 Worley Dr,
West Plains, MO 65775
Dawn Hicks 417-256-7078
Sept. 23 Jackson Fire Department 8am-11am Jackson Fire Department
525 S Hope St,
Jackson, MO 63755
Michael Gentry 573-243-1010
Sept. 23 Poplar Bluff Fire Department 10am-1pm Poplar Bluff Fire Department
300 S Broadway St,
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Prior to event, please contact Emily Church to make an appointment. 573-339-6365
Sept. 23 Texas County Health Department 9am-11am Texas County Health Department
950 US-63, Houston, MO 65483
Megan Carver or Johnna Cook 417-967-4131




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Stats & Facts
9 Children
Younger than 8 years old were killed as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri in 2021.
46 Percent
Of child passenger safety seats are improperly installed according to NHTSA.
39 Percent
In 2021, when the driver was not buckled, 39% of children killed or seriously injured were also not restrained.
17 Percent
Of children killed or seriously injured were not restrained when the driver was buckled up in 2021.
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