So you did your homework, checked NHTSA's Ease of Use Ratings before purchasing an infant or child car seat, purchased the seat, and referred to the manual during installation. Think you're done? Nope -- there's one last important step to ensuring your child's safety in the car. Find a child passenger safety seat inspection location, and take your car (with car seat installed) and child (unless you mangled the installation so badly you can't safely put your child in it-- I'm looking at you, Travelin' Dad) to get it checked out. For an easy way to find the location of a safety check near you, go to www.seatcheck.org. Either enter your state abbreviation or zip code, and it will give you tons of locations near you for inspections, including police departments, hospitals, and fire departments.
We've had TJ's seats (first the infant pumpkin seat, and then the convertible seat) checked for proper installation and fit for TJ at an Allstate Insurance location near us (for free!). Their volunteers are to be commended, and so are the parents who take the time to do this crucial check to ensure their children's safety.