Union County, NJ – With Child Passenger Safety Week upcoming, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to visit the County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Center located at the Garwood Rescue Squad at 401 2nd Avenue. Child Passenger Safety Week runs from September 23rd through September 29th.

“We are happy to offer this service to our residents where you can get familiar with a new seat, or make adjustments to an older seat to accommodate a growing child.” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “This popular program offers an opportunity to meet New Jersey state law requirements while working to keep children safe in motor vehicles.”

The proper use and installation of child safety seats is one of the most effective methods for protecting the lives of children in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Union County first launched the Child Safety Seat Inspection Program in 1999, in response to surveys showing that the overwhelming majority of child safety seats are improperly installed, even though most users are confident that they know the correct procedure.

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New Jersey’s new child safety seat regulations took effect in September of 2015. The new State law requires parents to adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for child passenger safety. According to findings from the National Safety Council, car crashes are a leading cause of death per children with an average of two children under the age of 13 killed per day in 2016.

The Child Safety 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.

Residents are also invited to learn more about other programs offered by the Union County Police Department’s Traffic Safety Education Program. These include programs for children and seniors offered through the Department of Public Safety, such as the CarFit program for seniors, and the bike helmet initiative.

Union County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Program at the Garwood Rescue Squad is run every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and no appointment is necessary. Certified child passenger safety technicians will check the car seat for proper installation and educate parents and guardians on using the seat correctly.