Car Seat Safety

One of the most important jobs as a parent is to keep their child safe when riding in a car. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car safety seats helps keep children safe. But with so many car safety seats on the market, it’s no wonder many parents may find this overwhelming. The type of seat needed depends on several factors including the child’s size and the type of vehicle being used.

Car Seat Guidelines

Age

Type of Seat

Wisconsin State Law

Best Practice
Infants

Infant seats and rear facing

Required until the child is 1 year and 20 lbs.

Rear facing should be used until at least 2 years or longer if the child is within weight and height guidelines of rear facing seat.

Toddlers/ Preschoolers

Convertible seats

Child is required to stay in harness until both 4 years and 40 lbs.

Remain in a harness seat (past 4 years and 40 lbs) that accommodates child’s height and weight.

School-age children

Booster Seats

Booster seats are for older children who have outgrown their forward facing care safety seats. Children should stay in a booster seat until adult belts fit correctly (usually when a child reaches about 4’9” in height and between 8 to 12 years of age).

Child remains in booster until they are either 4’9” or they can do the 5 step test: 1. Sit all the way back 2. Bend knees 3. Lap belt sits properly over hips 4. Shoulder belt across chest and middle of shoulder 5. Ride in the same position for the duration of the trip.

Older children

Seat belts

A child can move out of a booster seat into a seat belt when they have reached 8 years, 80 lbs, or 4’9”. .

Child remains in back seat until the age of 13 and can pass the 5 step test.
To be sure that the car seat is properly installed, contact one of the following Permanent Fitting Stations in Southeastern Wisconsin. You must call and make an appointment.

The City of Greenfield Health Department has recently received a car seat grant from the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation. This grant allows the health department to give car seats to families that qualify. The City of Greenfield Health Department has partnered with the Greenfield Fire Department to better serve Greenfield residents and ensure the safety of the children in our community.

Those interested must call ahead to make an appointment and verify qualification with the Greenfield Health Department or Greenfield Fire Department.


*Stations marked with an asterisk only serve those who live within their communities.

In the City of Greenfield

Greenfield Health Department
Andrew Jodarski
414-329-5275

*Greenfield Fire Department
Bat, Chief Dan Weber, FF John Cram, FF Andy Greil, FF Justin Young, FF Chad Weber
414-545-7946

All Counties


  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Booster and Car Seat Clinic
    Contact: Central Scheduling (Se habla Español) 877-607-5280

Milwaukee County


  • AAA Travel & Insurance, Greenfield
    Lynn Kloss or Rolando Monterrey (Se habla Español)
    Phone: 414-423-2180
  • City of Milwaukee Police Department Training Academy
    Lt. Seymer-Tabaska
    Phone: 414-935-7241
    Lishunda Patterson
    Phone: 414-935-7990
  • *City of Wauwatosa Fire Department
    Lori Murphy
    Phone: 414-471-8457
  • COA Youth & Family Centers Early Education Center
    April Eubanks
    Phone: 414-263-8397
  • *Cudahy Health Department
    Phone: 414-769-2239 x300
  • *Franklin Health Department
    Kristin Anderson or Kim Kringel
    Phone: 414-425-9101
  • *Greendale Fire Department
    Lt. Eric Campbell
    Phone: 414-423-2131
  • *Hales Corners Fire Department
    Joanne Chenery
    Phone: 414-529-6168
  • *North Shore Fire Department
    Captain John Maydak
  • South Milwaukee Police Department
    Officers Mick Olson, Katie Klipfel or Tarra Ball
    Phone: 414-768-8060

Waukesha County


  • Aurora Medical Center Summit
    Emily Vogel
    Phone: 262-434-4903
  • City of Pewaukee Fire Department
    Division Chief Peter Rohde
    Phone 262-522-2500
  • Mukwonago Fire Department
    FF/EMT Travis Janick
    Phone: 262-363-6426
  • Muskego Police Department
    Officer Gary Mrotek
    Phone: 262-679-4130
  • *New Berlin Police Department
    Officer Daniel Hanlon (days)
    Phone: 262-780-8106
  • Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
    Prohealth Class Registration
    Phone: 262-928-2745
  • Village of Mukwonago Police Department
    Lt. Ken Pileggi
    Phone: 262-363-6436