Car Seat Safety Checks

University Park Police Department is now offering infant and child car seat safety checks by appointment only. Our goal is to ensure that the children of University Park are properly secured in car seats and seat belts while traveling. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of children under 15. Currently, we are offering this service to University Park residents only. 

To make an appointment, please email Captain Shameka Graddy at

Non-residents can view the  Safe Kids Worldwide website to find car seat safety checks event listings near you. 

 Additional Car Seat Resources

Look up the car seat manufacturer’s website and view their videos on how to install their car seat. For more information, call their customer service hotline, but be advised that the hotlines are only open during regular business hours.

Below are links to some of the leading car seat manufacturer’s websites. Some of these manufacturers offer video chat installation capabilities.

  • Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (MD KISS) also provides valuable resources, including video car seat installation. 
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides videos on basic installation instructions.
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides videos on basic installation instructions.
  • Buckle Up for Life, a national child passenger safety education program housed within the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides videos on basic installation instructions. 
  • The Car Seat Lady has up-to-date information which is maintained by pediatrician and Child Passenger Safety Instructor Alisa Baer. The site contains videos, articles and tips/tricks for car seat usage and installation.
  • Common Car Seat Mistakes We know from our own personal experience how complicated car seats and everything about them can be. Knowing how to secure them and which one to buy can be a headache. That's why we made a guide on the 20 most common car seat mistakes, which has tips for caregivers and tells them everything they need to know about car seats.