Colorado Springs Car Seat Check Resource List

Child Passenger Safety

Keeping children safe while riding in cars continues to be a primary focus of DRIVE SMART COLORADO. Here you will find some strategies that may work in your community.

A closer look at children ages 0 -14 in Colorado

Motor vehicle injuries represent the leading cause of death among children age 3–14 years old in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA, 2008 data). Many of these deaths can be prevented. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.

From 2006–2010, 64 child passengers, ages 0–12 died in traffic crashes in Colorado. Over half (55%) were not using a child safety seat or seat belt, or they were using one improperly.

With nearly 100 NHTSA certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians trained and three certified Child Passenger Safety instructors in El Paso County, DRIVE SMART is able to place a large focus on child/youth traffic safety.

DRIVE SMART volunteers, working side by side along with alliance members from the Colorado Springs SAFE KIDS Coalition, military bases, law enforcement agencies, health and emergency medical personnel and the business community conduct an average of 15 community-wide safety seat clinics annually throughout the greater Colorado Springs region, checking nearly 700 seats each year, with an average misuse rate of over 90%.

For much more information and to know the Colorado state laws, go to www.carseatscolorado.com.

While this information pertains primarily to Colorado, make sure you know the laws in your own state, as they do differ. But remember, the laws of physics cross all borders.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (and Child Passenger Safety Advocates) recommends that children remain rear facing until two years old. This may require you to purchase another child safety seat that meets the higher weight limits! www.aap.org

Safety Seat Check Ups

Child passenger safety education (car seats) has been a priority of DSCS since it’s inception. Partnering with alliance members, DSCS participates in an average of 15 free community-wide safety seat checks yearly. In an example of an “average” year, nearly 700 safety seats/booster seats are checked. Of those, approximately 90% are installed incorrectly.

The following individuals or agencies in the Colorado Springs area will check your safety seat by appointment:

American Medical Response
2370 N. Powers Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Laura Kent
719-597-1277
Special Needs
By Appointment Only

Ashley Sandoval
ashley.d.green08@gmail.com
619-502-1390
By Appointment

Baby Cotton Bottoms
330 S Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Daniele Tobey
719-328-0741
info@babycottonbottoms.com
By Appointment Only
May have a fee

Black Forest Fire Dept
11445 Teachout Rd
Black Forest, CO 80908
719-495-4300
By Appointment Only

Christine Simosky
8335 Wildridge Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
719-495-0325
hstapestry@msn.com
Special Needs
By Appointment Only

Colorado State Patrol
1480 Quail Lake Loop, Suite B
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719-527-5815
maurice.harris@state.co.us
By Appointment Only

Colorado Springs Police Department
Gold Hills Substation
955 W Moreno Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
719-385-2100
Spanish Available

Children’s Hospital
Laura Kent
4125 Briargate Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
719-305-7233
Laura.kent@childrenscolorado.org
Special Needs
By Appointment Only

Tri-Lakes Monument Fire
18460 Roller Coaster Road
Monument, CO 80132
Steve Buckner
719-484-0911
sbuckner@tlmfire.org
Spanish Available
By Appointment Only

Community Partnership for Child Development
Donna Garcia
2330 Robinson St
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
719-884-1459
By Appointment Only

Drive Smart Colorado
955 W Moreno Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
719-444-7534
Drivesmartcolorado.com
By Appointment Only

Falcon Fire Department
Falcon, CO 80831
Amy Webb
Awebb@falconfirepd.org
By Appointment Only

Fountain Neighborhood Services
222 N Santa Fe Ave.
Fountain, CO 80817
Juan Flores
719-322-2032
Juan@fountaincolorado.org
By Appointment

Ft Carson Fire Department
Building 1805 Wetzel Ave.
Fort Carson, CO 80913
719-526-5737
719-526-4615
Christopher.d.carneal2.civ@mail.mil
Chad.e.stagge2.civ@mail.mil
By Appointment Only

Ft Carson Traffic Investigations
Active Duty Families Only
719-526-1770
By Appointment Only

Heuser Law Firm
625 N Cascade Ave #300
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-520-9909
By Appointment Only

Julie Wilcox
Monument/Northern Colo Spgs
Jawilcox93@gmail.com
By Appointment Only

Car Seat Recycling
Colorado State Patrol

1480 Quail Lake Loop, Suite B
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719-635-0385
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Helpful Websites
www.carseatscolorado.com
www.safercar.gov (parents central)
www.safekids.org