Solano Car Seat Connection

Solano Car Seat Connection is a family-oriented education program led and coordinated by the Health Promotion and Community Wellness Bureau.

Statistics show that 4 out of 5 children are not properly restrained when riding in the family car.

The Problem
Parents, expectant parents and caregivers are often uninformed or misinformed about motor vehicle safety. Solano Car Seat Connection promotes the correct use of child passenger safety seats (car seats) through hands-on classes, educational campaigns and free car seat inspections.

California Law
As of January, 2012, all children under 8 years old are required to be properly secured in a belt-positioning booster seat, placed in the back seat of the vehicle. The only exception is a child who is 4-feet 9-inches in height or taller.   

Effective January 1, 2017, children under 2 years old must be rear-facing in a car seat unless they weigh 40 pounds or more, or are 40 inches tall or more.

Services Include:
  • FREE educational classes in English and Spanish in most cities of the county
  • Gift certificates to assist low-income families with the purchase of car seats
  • FREE safety check points and monthly inspections where trained technicians examine car seats for correct installation (all incomes are eligible)
  • Public awareness campaigns
To offer classes and inspections throughout the county, we collaborate with the following community organizations: 
    California Highway Patrol (CHP)
    Dixon Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
    Vacaville WIC
Recall Information
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a continually updated list of child passenger seat recalls on their website at NHTSA
Additional Resources
News & Information

Child Safety Seat Selection & Installation
The following information is provided to assist you in the selection and installation of an appropriate safety seat for your child. Please be sure to read and follow all of the manufacturer's instructions as well as the instructions in the owner's manual for your vehicle.
  • Rear-facing infant seat: appropriate for newborns and infants, birth to 22 pounds, and up to 26 to 29 inches long, depending on the seat model.
  • Convertible seat: appropriate for newborns and infants from birth to toddlers weighing up to 40 pounds, depending on the seat model.
  • Forward-facing & combination seat: appropriate for a child over one year of age (20 to 30 pounds) up to 40 pounds, depending on the model.
  • Belt-positioning booster: appropriate for children over 40 pounds to a maximum of 80 to 100 pounds, depending on the model. Check instruction manual for weight limit.
  • Latch-anchoring system: go to NHTSA Child Latch
Contact Information
English/Spanish (707) 784-8637
Who Is Eligible
Solano County residents (however, gift certificates toward the purchase of car seats are limited to low-income families.)
Local Inspection Stations
Solano Public Health sponsors inspection stations located in Vallejo, Vacaville and Fairfield.
For inspection sites, class information and to schedule an appointment, please call (707) 784-8637.

Alternate Community Inspection Sites are offered by appointment:

California Highway Patrol (CHP) 707-428-2100
Benicia Police Department         707-746-4242
Dixon WIC  (Espanol)                707-678-0717
Suisun Police Department          707-421-7373
  • Senate Bill (SB) 1073 allocates a percentage of fines collected for violations of seatbelt and car seat laws to implement low-cost car seat programs like Solano Car Seat Connection.