Dads don't read instructions? We beg to differ.

Car Seat installation and use should be on your mind this Father's Day.

We know dads sometimes get a bad rap when it comes to reading instructions, but we don’t buy it. Dads will do anything to keep their children safe, and learning all they can about proper car seat use is no exception. Reading car seat and vehicle owner’s manuals can help ensure your newborn, toddler, pre-schooler or tween are as safe as possible in case of a crash.  

June 19 was Father's Day and Car Seats Colorado urged all dads, as well as all parents and caregivers, to educate themselves on the finer points of car seat safety. Reading owner’s manuals and understanding safety laws can save lives and help you avoid a costly citation for not having your kid properly restrained. Parents and caregivers are responsible for properly restraining a child and will be ticketed if they fail to do so.

Why is reading the manual so important? 

It’s important to read car seat and vehicle owner’s manuals because every seat brand and type, and every make and model of car are different. All safety seats should be installed and fitted according to each manufacturer’s instructions. How will the airbags affect safety in a crash? Should you use the anchors or seat belt to secure the seat? What angle should the seat be adjusted to? The little things matter, and doing it wrong can be dangerous. Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children.

Dads, you’re not alone. We’re here to help.

Car seat checks by certified car seat safety technicians are available at car seat inspection stations across Colorado. Stop in and get a little help from the experts. 

Dads, we’re sure you’re already a pro at reading instructions, but this Father’s Day, take just a little extra time to ensure the safety of your little ones on the road. Learn more at

Car Seats Colorado is always in need of more certified car seat safety technicians. If you’re interested in becoming an expert, email Trooper Tim Sutherland at [email protected].