ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced free child seat safety checks in Columbia, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties on Saturday, April 23. DMV said the checks are part of a yearlong initiative to offer them for free, through partnerships within local communities.

DMV said certified child passenger safety technicians will perform all checks. They will also be educating parents and caregivers on the proper way to install child car seats.

Child safety seat checks April 23

Columbia County

Mellenville Firehouse, 33 County Route 9, Mellenville from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, contact Deputy Joseph Kilmer at (518) 828-3344 or

Rensselaer County

West Sand Lake Fire House, 3697 New York Highway 43, West Sand Lake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Technical Sergeant Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258 or

Schenectady County

Beukendaal Fire Department, 501 Sacandaga Road, Glenville from 12-3 p.m. For more information, contact Mark Agostino at (518) 384-0123 or

Parents or caregivers who cannot make it to one of the checks on Saturday can make an appointment at a local fitting station. Local stations can be found on the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s website.

A list of upcoming events can also be found online. Information on how to pick the right seat for your child can be found on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, as well as videos on how to properly install child seats.