Glen Ridge

Child Safety Seat Inspection Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) recommends all children under the age of 12 ride in the backseat.

New Jersey Law states the following:

Children up to 8 yrs. or 80 lbs., must ride in a safety or booster seat in the rear seat of the vehicle. If there is no back seat, the child must sit in front secured by a safety or booster seat.

The Four Steps to Child Passenger Safety: Car Seat
  • INFANT SEATS - designed for children up to 1 year old and, usually 20 pounds in weight. Infant seats are always positioned rear-facing.
  • FORWARD-FACING SEATS - designed for children between 20 and 40 pounds. Toddler seats are always positioned forward-facing.
  • BOOSTER SEATS - designed for children between 40 and up to 80 pounds. Booster seats raise a child so the vehicle's lap and shoulder belts fits properly and allow the knees to bend.
  • SEAT BELTS - New Jersey law requires drives and adult front seat passengers to wear their seat belts.. Adults should set the proper example and remember that a child is their most precious cargo.

New Jersey Law requires the use of child safety seats for all children under the age of eight and weighing less than 80 lbs.

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.

Child Car Seat Fitting Station:

The Glen Ridge Police Department continues its dedication to traffic and passenger safety by assigning Safety Technicians to the Essex County Child Car Seat Fitting Station, located in Livingston. This effort is run by the Essex County Child Passenger Safety Coalition, and provides inspections and fittings of child car seats in automobiles for free.

This service is conducted by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, and is available at 120 Dorsa Avenue in Livingston (where the Volunteer Ambulance Corp is located). The Center is open every Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm (except major holidays), and no appointment is necessary. This program is supported by the County of Essex and Mountainside Hospital. Or Glen Ridge Residents may call 973-748-4116 to set an appointment.

For more information, please call: 973-429-6896.

Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's web site to find out about car seat recalls and defects, register your child restraint system for future recall notification or file a child restraint complaint.