Safe Kids Johnson County

Child Safety Seat Checks

Drive-through checkpoints are conducted by certified safety seat technicians and give parents the chance to see whether they are using their child safety seats appropriately, to ensure their children's seats are in good condition and not have been recalled, and to show them how to properly fit car seats for their cars and children. If you or someone you know could benefit from a free car seat check, please contact Mercy on Call at 319-358-2767 to register.

Here are some helpful car seat assessments:

Car Seat Selection Guide

Using Car Seats Safely

The numbers of people using car seats incorrectly-and therefore dangerously-is quite high. In fact, previous car seat checks have found that 90 to 100 percent of participants are using their car seats incorrectly. That is, the seats may not be belted in at all or belted incorrectly, may be facing the wrong way, may be the wrong size for the child, or may be in the wrong seat in the car.


"Thank you very much for providing this service. Everyone was very helpful and informative. THANKS!"

"Great event. Everyone was very nice!"

"Excellent information & great seats are made available that day!"

"What a wonderful program! Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable. I learned a lot and I feel that both my kids are safer. Thank you!"

"We were amazed at how difficult car seats are. We though ours was in correctly but found out even your experts had difficulty with our car! It took an hour to determine it need to be on the side for safest position. We never would have known it was in incorrectly. Thanks!"

"Very helpful information and got us set up correctly and understand guidelines to follow."

"Very helpful! This is a great service, and very important. Thank You!"

"Awesome! We were mis-using our locking clips and not aware of our vans safety belt locking features. Thank you for taking the time to do this!!"

"Wonderful event - my kids enjoyed the event as well. Thank you so much!"

"Really friendly and professional. She took the time to answer our questions and to give us general information. Thank you!"

"Evelyn was great - thank you!"

"We cannot thank you enough for donating car seats - they are very expensive to buy new if you are low income."

"Great service. Thanks!"

"The service was great."

"This is always a wonderful service."

"Awesome help and information."

"I wanted to thank you for taking the time to help me with my baby seat. It was perfect that we could meet at the Swisher Fire Station. What you do impacts many lives. Thank you for your work and being so generous to help me out. My husband, baby, and I greatly appreciate it. Thank you again."