Health & Wellness

AAA and Babies R’ Us Team Up to Educate Parents About Child Passenger Safety


FLORHAM PARK, NJ - With four out of five car seats used incorrectly, The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club, headquartered in Florham Park, which provides automotive, travel, insurance, financial and educational services to its nearly 400,000 members in Essex, Morris and Union Counties, is encouraging parents, grandparents and caregivers to have their child safety seats checked for proper installation and use. According to AAA, it’s the best protection they can offer a child.

To educate parents on the correct use of child safety seat seats, AAA, in partnership with Babies R’ Us, is holding a free car seat check event on May 16, from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Babies R Us, which is located at 98 Route 10 West, in East Hanover.

Nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians will check a child’s car seat to ensure that it has been installed correctly, that it is appropriate for the child’s height and weight, and confirm that it has not been recalled by the manufacturer. Technicians will also educate parents on properly using car seats, from ensuring the harness straps are in the correct position and tight enough to making sure the chest clip is in the correct location.

Sign Up for E-News

Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children, largely due to nonuse and misuse of car seats, according to AAA. Child seats that are not properly installed or used correctly won’t protect children as intended during a crash. Making sure children are properly secured in child restraints—every trip, every time—is the best way to keep kids safe in the car, according to AAA.

AAA is urging proper restraints for all vehicle occupants and recommends adhering to these simple guidelines for determining the appropriate child restraint:

Rear Facing Seats in the back seat from birth to at least age two. It’s safest to keep the babies in the rear-facing position as long as possible, maxing out the upper weight or height limits of the car seat, according to AAA.

Forward-Facing Toddler Seats in the back seat once children outgrow the upper weight or height limit of their rear-facing convertible seat. It’s safest to keep a child in a five-point harness as long as possible to the upper size (height and weight) limits of the seat, according to AAA.

Booster Seats in the back seat from about age four, until a child is 4’9” tall (usually between eight-12 years of age).

Seat Belts when a child is taller than 4’9”, the back seat is the safest place for kids. AAA said that they should ride in the back, until they are at least 13 years of age.

TAP into Livingston, TAP into West Orange and TAP into West Essex are proud to highlight one of our main sponsors, the AAA Foundation.

TAP into Livingston, TAP into West Orange and TAP into West Essex thank the AAA Foundation for their continued support in helping us to deliver important news to the residents of these communities on a daily basis. Because of sponsors like the AAA Foundation, TAP into Livingston, TAP into West Orange and TAP into West Essex are completely free to subscribers.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor of TAP into Livingston, TAP into West Orange or TAP into West Essex, contact Jackie Schatell at (201) 618-7444.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Essex County Freeholders Celebrate African-American History Month

February 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – At its 2018 African-American History Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Hall of Records in Newark, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience, and spirit of the African-American community.

Brendan Gill, board president and Freeholder At-Large, first acknowledged African-American contributions, both past and present, in ...

How Do I Decide Which College to Attend?

Now that college acceptances are rolling in, how do I decide which to attend?

Your hard work in high school has paid off. You took your SAT/ACT exams, got the best grades you could, and filled out as many applications as you needed to. Acceptance letters are starting to come in and you need to make a decision on where you will go in the fall. It's hard to decide!! Here are some tips and ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, February 24, 4:00 PM

Lobby - Office Building, Livingston

Gun Violence Prevention & Congressional Candidates



Sun, February 25, 1:00 PM

CycleBar, Livingston

Cycle Red for Heart Disease to Benefit Heart ...

Giving Back

Mon, February 26, 1:30 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Monday at the Movies: WILD OATS

Arts & Entertainment

NJ Acting Health Commissioner Cites Inglemoor as Example of Best Practices in Flu Prevention

February 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With one of the worst flu seasons in recent history taking a daily toll across the nation, New Jersey Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal visited Inglemoor Rehabilitation and Care Center this week to meet residents and praise clinical staff for their success at keeping the flu at bay.

"There are best practices that Inglemoor has already implemented ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...