Child Safety Seat Inspection and Installation

Officer installing a child seat

Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are improperly installed according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? That's why the CSUN Department of Police Services offers FREE car seat inspections and installations.

To have your child's car seat inspected and installed you will need to schedule an appointment.

When making an appointment please have the following information:

  1. Car seat make/model
  2. Vehicle year/make/model
  3. Contact number to be reached

To make an appointment call the Crime Prevention Unit at: (818) 677-5820 or (818) 677-6866 or email us at: childsafetyseat@csun.edu.

Here’s some additional information to prepare you for your car seat inspection & installation

Who will be helping you:

The CSUN PD has two department employees (Sergeant Frank Gudani & Dan Foster, Crime Prevention Coordinator) who are certified child safety seat technicians with Safe Kids, USA and qualified to answer your questions about child safety.

What to expect:
Plan for at least one hour per seat for our staff to:

  • Inspect your child’s car seat for defects and manufacture recalls. 
  • Explain the car seats features & options for installation in your vehicle. 
  • Install the car seat and allow you to re-install and adjust (when practical).

You will need to bring with you:

  1. Car seat (if infant seat-base & seat)
  2. Manuals: Vehicle & car seat

The CSUN Department of Police Services is located at the corner of Darby Avenue & Prairie Street (south east corner).

Parking is available in the visitor lot adjacent to the police department. Please park in a stall furthest away from the building, allowing space on either side of your vehicle. You do not need to pay for parking; we will be assisting you with your installation while you’re parked in the lot.

After you have parked, you may call the department at (818) 677-2111 and inform the dispatcher you are here for a car seat appointment. You may also walk inside to the lobby and notify any staff member.

Want to share our service with others?! See our flyer on child safety seat inspections!


Having difficulty installing your car seat? Want to learn how to properly install your car seat? Visit NHTSA's website for helpful tips and how-to videos.

For more information on child safety seats visit Safercar.gov