ar Seat Safety Program
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of children over the age of six months in the United States. The proper use of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
Please make sure that children are properly protected while traveling in a motor vehicle. Only the correct use of child car seats will offer the protection your child needs. So please be aware of the facts listed on this page regarding the proper use of child car seats.
As part of the Fatal Accident Collision Team, the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety has made available a grant for Child Safety Seat Checks.
CHILD SEAT SAFETY LAW - Child Safety Seats are required for children up to Age 8 or 80 pounds. They must ride in the rear seat of a vehicle (unless no seat is available). There are many different types of child car seats on the market today. Each one must meet federal standards and all provide good protection for your child when used correctly. The "right" seat for you is largely a matter of personal choice. Choose a seat that fits your child and your car, read the instructions carefully, and use the seat correctly on every trip.
Correct use is easy if you follow four steps:
- Read the manufacturer's instructions for your car seat.
- Face the child safety seat in the proper direction.
- Infant seats always face backwards. Baby rides in a semi-reclining position facing the rear of the car.
- Convertible seats face backwards in a semi-reclining position for infants under 20 pounds and under 1 year of age, and forward in an upright position for toddlers.
- Secure your child snugly in the car seat.
- Always buckle the seat's harness system securely to hold your child safely in the seat. Allow no more than one finger-width of slack between your child's collarbone and the harness strap.
- Secure the child car seat with a seat belt.
- Anchoring the seat properly with a seat belt is critical. A seat that is not buckled securely to the car can tip over, slide sideways or, in a crash, be ejected from the car.
- Check your instruction manual to find out how to route the seat belt properly and fasten it tightly.
New Jersey Certified Child Seat Safety Technician
New Jersey Child Seat Safety Training Program
List of Booster Seats and Safety Seats/Booster Seat Combinations
Upcoming Safety Seat Inspection Programs Offered by the County Prosecutor's Office