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Passenger Safety Seats

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Franklin Township Police Department

 Public Safety Building 
495 Demott Lane • Somerset 
New Jersey 08873

Telephone 732-873-5533

Traffic Safety - Child Passenger Safety Seats



Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly. Some of those misuses are minor, but some can be as dangerous as using a recalled or damaged seat and not realizing it. 

The child passenger safety seat inspections are available to the public at no charge. Anyone wishing to can make an appointment to come in and have a trained technician inspect and show them the correct way to install the car seat.


To make an appointment call 732-873-5533 extension 3109

Traffic Safety - Seatbelts, Airbags & Car Seats


Seat Belts

Why Buckle Up?

  • Studies show seat belts do save lives and reduce injuries during crashes.
  • Seat belts work with air bags to protect occupants. Air bags alone are not enough to safeguard occupants.
  • More than 2,000 unbuckled drivers and front seat passengers died on New Jersey's roadways in the past 10 years.
  • Approximately 700 unbuckled drivers and front seat passengers were thrown out of their vehicles during crashes and killed in the past 10 years.

New Jersey's Seat Belt Law:

  • Applies to all passenger vehicles that are required to be equipped with seatbelts.
  • Applies to drivers and front seat passengers.
  • Makes the driver responsible for seat belt use by front seat passengers who are under the age of 18. 

New Jersey's Child Passenger Law:

  • The following law regarding child passenger restraints goes into effect on December 1, 2001.
  • All children under the age of 8 who weigh less than 80 pounds must be secured in the rear seat in an approved child passenger restraint system.
  • If the vehicle has no rear seat, the child must be secure in the front seat in an approved child passenger restraint system.
  • All passengers between the age of 8 and 18 must wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, regardless of where they are seated in the vehicle.

Child Passenger Safety Seats

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of children over the age of six months in the United States. The proper use of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children in the event of a motor vehicle crash. 
Please make sure that children are properly protected while traveling in a motor vehicle. Only the correct use of child car seats will offer the protection your child needs. So please be aware of the facts listed on this page regarding the proper use of child car seats.

There are over 70 different types of child car seats on the market today. Each one must meet federal standards and all provide good protection for your child when used correctly. The "right" seat for you is largely a matter of personal choice. Choose a seat that fits your child and your car, read the instructions carefully, and use the seat correctly on every trip.

Correct use is easy if you follow four steps:

  1. Read the manufacturer's instructions for your car seat.
  2. Face the seat in the proper direction 
    - Infant seats always face backwards. Baby rides in a semi-reclining position facing the rear of the car. 
    - Convertible seats face backwards in a semi-reclining position for infants under 20 pounds and under 1 year of age, and forward in an upright position for toddlers.
  3. Secure your child snugly in the car seat. 
    - Always buckle the seat's harness system securely to hold your child safely in the seat. Allow no more than one finger-width of slack between your child's collarbone and the harness strap.
  4. Secure the child car seat with a seat belt. 
    - Anchoring the seat properly with a seat belt is critical. A seat that is not buckled securely to the car can tip over, slide sideways or, in a crash, be ejected from the car. 
    - Check your instruction manual to find out how to route the seat belt properly and fasten it tightly.