SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Police Department partnered with the Safe Kids Worldwide, Hilltop Country Day School and the Fraser Law Fire to offer a child safety seat inspection program. In the parking lot of the Hilltop school, in the heat and humidity the officers checked a several seats and discussed child safety with parents, according to Cpl. Kurt Morris.
Morris, Officer Steve Guido and Officer Tom Herd worked with the parents through out the day.
With car accidents lists as the leading cause of death for children over six months old, the car seat is the “simplest and most effective way to protect the lives of our young children,” Morris said. “Four out of five seats are used incorrectly.”
New Jersey state law requires any child under eight year old and 57” be in a child safety seat in the rear seat. Children under two years old and 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing seat with five point harness,
At four years old and 40 pounds, they can face forward when they have ‘reached the limits of the seat. It must still be a five point harness.
A child under the age of eight and 57 inches can be places in a booster seat with a seat belt when they have outgrown the car seat.
A child over eight years old and 57 inches should continue to use a booster seat until the adult seat belt fits properly; “the lap belt should lay across the child’s upper thigh, the pant’s pocket area, and across the chest and collar bone (so that it’s not cutting into the neck," according to the State of New Jersey
Morris said additional car seat- child safety events will be scheduled in the future.