Child Safety Seat
Child Safety Seat Program Inception
Nationally, child restraint misuse has been reported to be in excess of 90%. This is primarily due to the numerous amount of child restraint manufacturer's and the performance based standards that mandate them. They are required to meet performance standards and are allowed to design their product in any way to meet those standards. Child restraint manufacturers make a wide variety of designs that create incompatibility issues with different vehicles. As well, automobile manufacturers have a wide range of vehicle safety restraint systems that can also add to the incompatibility problem.
Typically, law enforcement seeks change through enforcement of applicable laws. The Oswego Police Department wanted to address this problem in a more positive and educational manner and have certified Officers as Child Passenger Safety Technicians. The certification is obtained by attending a 32-hour course established by the National Child Passenger Safety Board.
The Oswego Police Department encourages parents and caregivers to come into the Oswego Police Department for a "check-up" of their child's restraint seat. Technicians will educate and assist you in your installation of the child restraint.
Please call the Oswego Police Department's non-emergency number at (630) 551-7300 to schedule an appointment. Each month there are designated dates and times where technicians are available to provide this service. Please call in advance as requests outside of the designated dates and times will not be fulfilled.
A "check-up" normally takes one half-hour and parents and caregivers are asked to bring their owners manuals for both their vehicle and child restraint seat to the "check-up". Although not mandatory, parents and caregivers are also asked to bring the child using the seat to the "check-up" to ensure proper fit. Child restraints can also be installed for expectant families and newly purchased seats.
Several times a year the Oswego Police Department will also host Child Safety Seat Check-Up Events. These events are advertised in local papers and no appointments are required for these event days. Events are designed to educate the public and provide a community service. Events are usually held on a Saturday at a location within the Village of Oswego. Several technicians from the Oswego Police Department will be on hand and will check your child restraint to make sure:
- Your seat is installed correctly
- Your seat has not been recalled
- Your seat meets safety standards
- Your seat is correct for your child
Parents and caregivers are again asked to bring their vehicle owners manual, child restraint manual and child to the event. Events will be advertised in the local newspaper or call the Oswego Police Department to find out when the next event will be.