NEWS | January 21, 2021

Virtual car seat education, inspections now available at UC Davis Health

(SACRAMENTO)

Need help installing a car seat? You can get free, virtual education and inspections as well as socially distant car seat installations in English and Spanish from the UC Davis Trauma Prevention and Outreach Department


Cathy Morris leads a virtual car seat education class.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we want families to know we continue to offer our resources and expertise to ensure that their car seats are installed correctly,” said Misael Chavarin, community education specialist at UC Davis Health.

These resources include:  

  • Free community car seat classes are available in English and Spanish through Zoom. They cover the California child passenger safety law, car seat weight and height limits and proper car seat harness use. The virtual class also includes a car seat installation demonstration in the rear-facing and forward-facing positions. 
  • Free car seats. To qualify, the parent or caregiver must be in need of a car seat and receive government assistance (e.g. WIC, Cal Fresh, Medi-Cal or Cal Works). 

The top 5 most common car seat mistakes

1) An incorrect seat for the child’s height and weight
2) The seat is not installed tightly enough
3) The child is turned forward facing too early
4) The harness is too loose or not buckled properly
5) The car seat is expired

  • Virtual car seat inspections through Zoom, ensuring that car seats have been installed correctly. This is a free service. 
  • Socially distant car seat installation. The public can make an appointment and a member of the team will install their car seat for free. Masks are worn and a limited amount of time is spent inside of the car.   

For more information, visit the UC Davis Trauma Prevention and Outreach Department’s website or call 916-734-9798 to make an appointment.