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


Type of Seat

General Guideline


Infants seats and rear facing convertible seats

All infants should always ride rear-facing until they are at least 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds.

Toddlers/ Preschoolers

Convertible seats

It is best to ride rear-facing as long as possible. Children 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds can ride forward-facing.

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).

Older children

Seat belts

Children who have outgrown their booster seats should ride in a lap and should shoulder belt in the back set until 13 years of age.

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.

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

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
  • *Greenfield Fire Department
    Lt. Dan Weber, FF John Cram or FF Andy Greil
    Phone: 414-545-7946
  • *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