Car Seat Inspections
(260) 435-7887 (260) 435-7887
Lutheran Children's Hospital supports Safe Kids Allen County's permanent fitting station by performing car seat inspections on the Lutheran Hospital campus. There is no charge, but an appointment is required.
Other fitting stations in Fort Wayne include:
2520 E. Dupont Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 416-3005 (260) 416-3005
Parkview Randallia FBC
2200 Randallia Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.
No appointment needed
(260) 373-6830 (260) 373-6830
Indiana Car Seat Laws
- All children less than 8 years of age must be properly fastened and restrained by a child restraint system according to the child restraint system manufacturer's instructions.
- All infants must ride in a rear-facing infant seat until 1 year AND 20 pounds.
Laws are not always the maximum safety standard. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Safe Kids Worldwide and Lutheran Children's Hospital recommend the following best practices:
- Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until age 2 or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer.
- Children age 2 or older or those younger than 2 who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their 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 manufacturer.
- Children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit should use a belt-positioning-booster until the vehicle lap-and-shoulder seat belt fits properly, which is typically when the child is 4 feet 9 inches tall and 8 to 12 years of age.
- Children old and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone should always use lap-and-shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.
- Children younger than 13 should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.