Both Bend Fire and Rescue and Redmond Fire Department host free car seat clinics at their stations. Contact either department directly to find out the next scheduled event. Typically held monthly, alternating between the two departments. Volunteers will be on hand to check your seats and give any assistance necessary to ensure a safe ride of kids of all ages.
3/16/20 - All car seat clinics are suspended until further notice as we work to help ensure our communities safety amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. As soon as we can provide more information we will do so.
- Infants must ride rear-facing until they are two year old, but it is recommended that they remain rear-facing for as long as they remain below the upper height and weight limits of the safety seat.
- Harness straps should be at or below the level of the shoulders when rear facing, at or above the level of the shoulders when forward facing.
- Retainer clip should be at armpit level.
- Harness should be snug (you shouldn't be able to pinch any harness fabric over the shoulder).
- No heavy coats or blankets between your baby and the harness!
- Children must be secured in an approved child safety seat with a harness until they weigh at least 40 pounds.
- Use the vehicle restraint system (seat belt) or the LATCH system (if available), but never both!
- The best child restraint is the one that you will install and use correctly each time!
- Children over 40 pounds must be in a booster seat until they are age 8 OR 4'9" in height; back must touch vehicle seat back and feet must be flat on the floor.
- Make sure you do not pre-crash lock the seatbelt to use with a booster.
- The seatbelt should be in it's normal position with the emergency locking feature.
- Your child should be mentally capable of sitting correctly in a booster for the whole trip. No slouching or turning sideways in the seat! Also, your child needs to keep the seatbelt where it is meant to be, over the thighs and across the collarbone, never behind their head.
- The booster seat requirement does not apply when the rear seat of the vehicle is equipped only with lap belts, provided the child is secured by the lap belt.
A child taller than 4'9" or age 8 or older must be properly secured with the vehicle's safety belt.
The child is properly secured if the lap belt is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt is positioned over the collarbone and away from the neck.
Children 13 and under should always ride in the back seat!