Free Car Seat Clinic a Huge Success

Certified Children's Restraint Systems Technician Laura Hagen attempts to install three car seats across the back seat of an SUV.  A challenge, but ultimately a success!Vancouver Island now has nine new Children’s Restraint Systems Technicians, nationally certified with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada, having just completed three days of intensive training. The busy weekend culminated with a public seat check event that was very well attended by Valley parents.

The new technicians got ample hands-on experience, with supervision from Instructor Jen Shapka, and experienced technicians Laura Hagen and Lindsay Wilson. 33 seats were checked in 21 vehicles, and happily included one perfect installation (a rarity, unfortunately). Misuse was corrected, parents were educated, and many more children are now traveling safely in the car thanks to the efforts of these technicians.

The classroom space and seat check location were generously donated by Mike MaLaren at Reliable Auto Body. Thanks to all of the parents and caregivers who came out to keep their children safer, and allow the new technicians to have hands-on experience. Now certified, they will take their skills and knowledge with them to their workplaces, hometowns, families, and friends.

For more information about how to become a certified technician, help with a car seat question, or to meet with a technician in person, please visit