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Car crashes are a leading cause of death among infants and children. Crashes affect young bodies differently – they need extra protection. Child restraints reduce the risk of injury and death during crashes dramatically, yet many car seats are used incorrectly, or children are in an improper seat for their age, size and development.

Did you know:

-Nearly 9 out of 10 car seats checked in La Crosse County needed adjustment?

-Children are safest rear facing? Many car seats can now accommodate children rear facing until age 3 or 4, depending on their size!

-Children under 4’9″ should likely be riding in a booster seat?

-Seats should move less than one inch side to side when installed correctly?

Seat Checks By Appointment

La Crosse County offers car seat checks by appointment. During the appointment a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will check your car seat for recalls and expiration, ensure your child fits in the seat, and educate you on how to install the seat correctly in your vehicle. Technicians will also discuss next steps for your child and answer any questions you may have. There is a fee of up to $25 per seat check, we use a sliding fee scale based on income. The fee is waived for pregnant moms enrolled in the Prenatal Care Coordination program. Free seats (new and donated) may be available to those who qualify for select programs. Contact Maichor, Maggie or Ginny for more information.

Free Community Seat Checks

La Crosse County also offers FREE seat checks in partnership with Brenengen Auto Group and the Coulee Region Safe Kids Coalition.

Brenengen Seat Checks

  • No appointment needed
  • Held monthly April-September, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • First Thursday of the month at Brenengen Chevrolet, 990 W Hwy 16, West Salem
  • Second Thursday of the month at Brenengen Chevy Cadillac, 531 Theatre Rd., Onalaska
  • Visit https://www.brenengen.com/child-seats/ for more information
  • Call or email Maggie with questions or if in need of a seat

Car Seat Rental Program

For short term seat needs, such as visiting with grandparents, special needs, babysitting, travel, etc. La Crosse County offers car seat rentals. Many seat varieties are available including travel vests, convertible seats, an infant car bed and boosters. A $25 fee is required, and a $50 deposit is also collected and returned after the conclusion of the rental. Contact Maichor, Maggie or Ginny for more information.

A list of other regional seat checks can be found here: Coulee Region Community Car Seat Checks, or visit SaferCar.gov – please note these resources may not always be up to date as technicians may let their certifications lapse or may change positions. It is always best to contact the agency with any questions.