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Did you know that three out of four child safety seats are improperly used or improperly installed in vehicles? During Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, which runs from September 14 - 20, 2014, parents and caregivers can receive free, educational information about this critical traffic safety issue.

This year’s CPS Week, will culminate with a series of special events on Saturday, September 20, 2014. On that day, known nationally as “Seat Check Saturday,” certified safety technicians will provide hands-on assistance at locations throughout the State related to proper child restraint use. All New Jerseyans who transport children in their vehicles are urged to stop by one of these locations for free, educational information on this critical issue. While the highest level of child restraint use both nationally and in New Jersey is for infants under one year of age, parents are reminded to take advantage of the information available from State agencies, local police departments and traffic safety organizations, as early as possible, to ensure they’re fully prepared when their new baby arrives, and for the years that follow. A list of Seat Check Saturday events locations can be found by clicking on this link.

To maximize child passenger safety, parents and caregivers should adhere to the following guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size:

  1. For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, up to the height or weight limit of that particular seat. At a minimum, infants should ride rear-facing until at least age 1 and 20 pounds.
  2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at least age 1 and 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds.)
  3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually when the child is at least 4' 9" tall)
  4. When children outgrow their booster seats, they should be restrained in the seat belts in the back seat, until at least 13 years of age.

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