Child Safety Seats

A statewide survey shows only 84% of parents use safety seats for their children. Of the 84% who use them, 97% do so incorrectly. These infants and toddlers are at risk of being injured in a car accident because their child safety seats are either outdated or not installed properly.

The Ankeny Police Department wants to help you and your child. We have four certified safety seat technicians on staff to help recommend, install, and properly secure a child's safety seat in your vehicle.

An Iowa Governors Traffic Safety Bureau study identified the following frequently observed types of misuse or non-use of child safety restraints:

  • Safety harness too loose or not attached
  • Child safety seat not properly installed in vehicle
  • Child sitting on lap
  • Child safety seat facing in wrong direction
  • Child standing on seat
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Key Points

  • The back seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride
  • Infants in rear-facing child safety seats should never ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger airbag
  • Infants must always ride facing the rear of the car
  • Make sure everyone is buckled up. Unbuckled occupants can be hurt or killed by an airbag
  • Unsafe seats should be destroyed so that they cannot be used by unsuspecting people