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Parents Receive Free Child Safety Seat Inspection From Union County

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Inspection technician Cristallina Tharaldsen demonstrates the proper harness fit  for a forward-facing care-seat with two-year old county resident Eleanor Wilson-Newbury.  Credits: Jim Lowney/County of Union
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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Parents needing to comply with the recent child passenger safety law can get help from the Union County’s mobile child seat inspection unit this Saturday, October 3, at the Scotch Plains Health Fair on from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will check the car seat for proper installation and educate parents and guardians on using the seat correctly at the fair located at 430 Park Avenue in Scotch Plains. Inspections will also be offered on Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Plainfield Fire Department located at 200 block of North Avenue in Plainfield. For those who can’t make either date, Union County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Program is open every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the year from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Garwood Rescue Squad at 401 Second Avenue.

“With the new state law that took effect on September first, this program offers parents and guardians an opportunity to make sure their child’s safety seat is properly adjusted and meets the law’s requirements,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “The County’s mobile unit gives residents throughout the county a more convenient opportunity to have our experts help them get familiar with a new seat, or spot any problems with an older seat.”

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Under the new child passenger safety law, which is based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations:

Children under age 2 and weighting less than 30 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat that is equipped with five-point harness.

Children between ages 2-4 and weighing up to 40 pounds must be secured in a child safety seat equipped with a five-point harness, either rear-facing (up to the height and weight limits of the seat) or forward –facing.

Children between ages 4-8 and less than 57 inches tall (4’9”) must be secured in a forward-facing seat equipped with a five-point harness (up to the height and weight limits of the seat) or in a booster seat.

Children ages 8 and older must use the vehicle seat belt. The safest place for children under 13 is the back seat.

The child seat inspection program is provided as a public service by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Union County Police Department, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, AAA Northeast – NJ Division, and the Garwood First Aid Squad.

For more information about Union County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Program visit http://ucnj.org/ or call 908-789-6830.

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