Child Passenger Safety

New Hope Police Department is committed to Child Passenger Safety and offers numerous opportunities for residents to get help and answers to child passenger safety questions.  Car seat check appointments are available for New Hope residents or employees of a New Hope business.  If you are not a New Hope resident, the two links below will help you locate additional resources to find a seat check in your community or find a nearby clinic if you don't have a technician available in your own city.  

New Hope Police Department is part of the Northwest Metro Minneapolis Safe Kids Coalition.  The coalition hosts clinics at several locations including New Hope.  The link below will provide you the dates and locations of 2021 check up events.

In addition to seat check appointments, the New Hope Police Department also offers C.A.R.S. classes and a seat distribution for low income families.  See the boxes below for details and also find a link to check your car seat and your vehicle for safety recalls.

Car Seat Check Appointments
Seat Check appointments are available for residents of New Hope or employees of a New Hope business. Contact Officer Brad Kallio at bkallio@newhopemn.gov for available times.

Here are some instructions for your appointment:
  • Please read the instruction manual for your car seat and the applicable sections of your vehicle owner's manual and install your car seat following these instructions prior to your appointment
  • Please bring the car seat instructions and vehicle owner's manual to your appointment
  • Plan to bring your child/children to the appointment if possible so the technician can make sure the seat is appropriate and adjusted correctly for the child.
  • If expecting, schedule your appointment six to eight weeks prior to your due date.

C.A.R.S. Training for Licensed Child Care and Foster Care

The City of New Hope no longer has an instructor for the Minnesota required three-hour Child and Restraint Systems (C.A.R.S.) class for daycare and foster care providers. Check the Develop site for trainings once the state opens up the option for instructors to offer classes again.

 

Recommendations to get ready for training:

  • It is recommended you have a Develop ID to register for a CARS class. It is free and simple to get a number. All your training will be logged online and easily accessible.   
  • If you do not have a Develop ID, you must provide your case workers email address and phone number on the registration form so your attendance can be verified with them.
  • Register for a Develop ID here: https://www.developtoolmn.org/app/Authentication/SignIn.aspx

    Minnesota requires all daycare and foster care providers in the state to complete the CARS class in order to transport children (MN Statute 245A.18). This requirement includes family and group family child care, child care centers, child foster care and others licensed by the Department of Human Services that serve children under nine years of age.
Recall Information

You can check your car seat and your vehicle for recalls on the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA)site below.  Also on the site there is the availability to check for tire and equipment recalls.  Take a photo of the sticker on your child seat that has the seat model and date of manufacture or have the seat close to access that information.  To check your vehicle, use your vehicle VIN number for a list of open recalls on your specific vehicle.

Car Seat Distribution Program

The New Hope Police Department currently has a car seat distribution program for low-income families. The seats for this program are available, while supplies last, for low-income families who reside in Minnesota who do not have access to free seats through health insurance or other means.

The income guidelines for this program are accessible through the link below. Appointments are required and will take at least one hour and possibly longer depending on the needs of the family.  Please contact bkallio@newhopemn.gov inquire whether seats are available and to schedule an appointment.

Request a Presentation or Information

If you are interested in having a presentation or Child Passenger Safety resource booth for your group or event, please contact bkallio@newhopemn.gov. Presentations are available both for parents and care providers as well as for school age children. Presentations can be tailored to fit the needs of your group but can include: video, oral presentation, booster seat measuring tool, demo seat and car seat samples and literature. 

If you would like a flyer to distribute to families as a resource, please feel free to make copies of the two-sided document below. One side is contact information for those who are looking for car seat checks or seat distribution, and the other side is a basic car seat safety flyer.  The QR code at the bottom of the flyer will take you to the state car seat resource page which is also linked below.

  • Local Resources/Car Seat Safety Matters
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety - Child Passenger Safety website

Contact:

Officer Brad Kallio,
Community Relations &
Crime Prevention
bkallio@newhopemn.gov
Office: 763.398.1229 
Cell: 612.352.7800