Every child restraint manufacturer knows the best way to install their own car seats. Always carefully read the instruction manual that came with your car seat, plus your vehicle owner's manual. However, the only way to be sure your child restraint is being used correctly is to have it checked by a certified technician.
Technicians are volunteers that are certified by the National SAFE KIDS campaign through the Child Passenger Safety class developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This 32-hour class certifies participants as Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) and includes training on topics such as:
- Crash dynamics
- Injury prevention
- Federal standards
- Restraint features in vehicles
- Types of child restraints
- Proper selection and installation of restraints
- Multiple hands-on exercises where students must demonstrate proficiency in applying their skills
This certification is maintained through ongoing education and practical application, all of which is verified through the certifying body.