Child Safety Car Check Program

The Alameda Police Department is committed to the safety of our children.  Children involved in motor vehicle collisions run a great risk of death or serious injury.  A properly installed child safety seat can greatly reduce these factors. California law states each child MUST be properly restrained in a child safety seat, booster seat, or other restraint system in the back seat, until the child is 8 years old OR at least 4'9" in height.


We offer free child safety seat inspections and installations.  They are conducted by Car Seat Inspection Specialist Bob Rollins.  Mr. Rollins is a 30 year veteran police officer from the City of Berkeley, who is now a volunteer with our department. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • A newborn infant should be in a rear-facing safety seat if under one year of age or weighs less than 20 pounds.
  • A toddler should be in a forward facing safety seat until the child exceeds the seat’s height and weight limits.
  • A child that is too large for a forward facing safety seat should ride in a booster seat. Children usually need a booster until they are about 4 feet 9 inches tall.
  • A child seat should NEVER be installed in a front seat where a frontal airbag is active.

The Alameda Police Department offers FREE car seat inspections and installations. For more information, or to schedule an inspection/installation, call police volunteer Bob Rollins at (510) 337-8590 and leave a message so he can return your call and schedule an appointment.



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