Car Seat Help

Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute manages a network of Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations, previously referred to as Permanent Fitting Stations.  Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations are places where parents and caregivers can make an appointment to have their child safety seat inspected by a certified child passenger safety technician.  The certified child passenger safety technician will evaluate the way that the child is currently traveling, check the child’s current restraint for recalls, proper fit and proper installation.  The parent or caregiver is instructed on how to properly use and install the child restraint.

This is a free service and we encourage all parents and caregivers to schedule an appointment to visit one of approximately 103 Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations located across Indiana.

Click here to locate a list of Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations near to you.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Your child, your child’s car seat, the car seat instruction manual, the vehicle that you most often travel in, and the vehicle owner’s manual.  If you have received a Project L.O.V.E. voucher, please bring that to your appointment also.

Can I get help installing my child’s car seat prior to the birth of my child?

Absolutely!  All that you need to do is to schedule an appointment at the nearest Child Safety Seat Inspection Station and remember to bring the car seat, the car seat instruction manual, the vehicle that you most often travel in, and the vehicle owner’s manual.

How long will my appointment take?

Appointment times vary; however we recommend that you plan on approximately 30-45 minutes per child.  A better estimate of time will be given to you when you schedule your appointment.

Is there a charge for this service?

There is no charge for this service; however, donations are accepted.

Will my child’s car seat be replaced if the child passenger safety technician determines that the car seat is not the correct seat for my child or is considered to be unsafe?

Most inspection stations receive funding to provide car seats to those children who qualify for financial need and do not have a car seat or are currently using a car seat that is unsafe.  However, funding is limited so there is no guarantee that a new car seat will be provided.  Proof of financial need is required (participation in Hoosier Healthwise or any other public assistance program).  A minimal donation may be requested if a new car seat is provided.

Are there inspection stations in other states?

Yes, you can locate a list of inspection stations located in the U.S. by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website at www.nhtsa.gov.  Note that other states may have different guidelines for their Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations, including policies on replacing unsafe car seats.

Please contact Kathleen Vasilopulos at kstelmar@cji.in.gov or 317-499-2372 with comments or questions.  Thank you.

Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force

10645 Randolph St., Suite D

Crown Point, IN 46307

Contact: Kevin Heerema

219-313-2142

carseatinspections@lofsfire.com

By Appointment Only! 

Franciscan Health Crown Point

1201 S. Main Street

Crown Point, IN 46307

Contact: Jennifer Homan

219-769-8962

jennifer.homan@franciscanalliance.org

By Appointment Only!  

Northshore Health Centers- Merrillville Clinic

6091 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410

Contact:  Jenna Smith

219-763-8112 ext. 1863

Contact:  Corinne Morris

219-763-8112 ext 4361

By Appointment Only

Spanish Speaking Service Available

St. John Volunteer Fire Department 

11033 West 93rd Avenue
St. John, IN 46373

By Appointment Only

Contact: Kevin LaDuke
219-365-6034

Northshore Health Centers – Lake Station Clinic

2490 Central Avenue
Lake Station, IN 46405

Ashley Figueroa  219-763-8112 ext 1554

Mary Labuda  219-763-8112 Ext. 3112

Trashaina Jackson  219-763-8112 Ext. 1834

By Appointment Only

Spanish Speaking Service Available

NorthShore Health Centers – Hammond Clinic 

1828 165th St.
Hammond, IN 46320

Nadia Rivera  219-763-8112 ext. 1672

Patricia Epperson  219-763-8112 ext 3171

By Appointment Only

Spanish Speaking Service Available

Hammond Police Department 

509 Douglas Street
Hammond, IN 46320

By Appointment Only

Contact: Robert Taylor
219-852-2947
Appointments available in Spanish

Griffith Police Department 

115 N. Broad Street
Griffith, IN 46319

By Appointment Only

Contact: Paul Sines
219-924-3141

Gary Police Department 

555 Polk St.
Gary, IN 46402

By Appointment Only

Contact: Lt. Dawn Westerfield
219-881-7555
Appointments available in Spanish

Crown Point Fire Rescue

126 North East Street
Crown Point, IN 46307

By Appointment Only

Contact:  Michael Parks
219-662-3248