Virtual car seat checks are one of the ways parents and caregivers can connect with Child Passenger Safety Technicians. To do this, first identify a virtual conferencing platform that will work for you such as FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc.
- Set the time and date for the virtual car seat check meeting
- Give the parent or caregiver homework: What is the child’s height and weight? What is the make, model and expiration date on the car seat?
- Ask the parent or caregiver to park their vehicle in a well-lit location, direct them to pre-test the location for internet connectivity issues and to have both the vehicle and car seat owner’s manuals within easy reach
- Have resources available to demonstrate proper installation techniques on camera
- Remember, careful documentation and a liability release waiver remain important
Download these free resources and get more tips to make a difficult job easier:
National Safety Council: NDCF program
- Guidance for using the National Digital Car Seat Check Form during virtual car seat checks
- CPST Recertification: Virtual Seat Check Sign Off Support
Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Ride News
Turn a virtual meeting with a parent or caregiver into an opportunity to provide education and help them keep their children safe.