The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety wants parents and caregivers to take a closer look at children’s car seats during “Child Passenger Safety Week.”

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Beginning on Sunday, September 15th, the Division will sponsor several events to teach parents and caregivers how to properly secure their kids in the car.

“It is vital for everyone that drives a child in a motor vehicle to take the time to understand what it really means to have that child properly restrained in their seat, so I am urging everybody to review the instructions for their car seats or booster seats.  If you are unsure or have any questions, go to one of our events and learn from a certified child passenger safety technician. There can be no shortcuts taken with this precious cargo,” says State Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky.

He points out motor vehicle crashes are among the leading causes of death for children under the age of 13 and every year thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in car crashes.

New Jersey law requires children under eight years of age who weigh less than 80 pounds to ride properly secured in a child safety seat or booster seat in the rear seat of the vehicle.

The Division is offering the following tips for how parents and guardians can secure their child safely in a motor vehicle:

  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system; and check height and weight limits.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

You can find more information about Child Passenger Safety Week and an event near you by visiting the Division’s website.