As some of you are aware, my darling wife and I are in the process of adoption. (NOTE: If you find a spare infant in your couch cushions, call me!) You’d probably be amazed how much time the issue of child car seats occupies when it comes to leaving a hospital with an infant. You’d more likely be amazed at just how many car seats aren’t properly installed & used – the NHSTA puts it as high as 3 out of four being mis-installed or mis-used.
The MPD is making efforts to improve that. There’s always two different locations and ways to get your install inspected. By appointment at MPD and at specific times at the DMV. Tomorrow there will be a special event at MPD between 11a and 3p, though making an appointment is encouraged. Drop in and they’ll make sure you’re installed correctly and offer guidance on making sure you do it correctly in the future.
If you’re outside the DC area you can always search the NHTSA’s finder.