April 9, 2007

CONTACT: Mary Lynn Williams 908-527-4346


Child Safety Seat Inspection Station Moves to New Location

Westfield-Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski announced today that Union County Child Safety Inspection Station has moved to the former Shade Tree Division at 151 Kenilworth Boulevard, near Springfield Ave. in Cranford. The hours of operation will remain the same, Wednesday and Thursday 7am to 10:30a.m.

“This is an invaluable service. It is estimated that 85% of all child safety seats are installed incorrectly,” said Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “The child safety seat program teaches parents how to properly install your child’s car seat. In some instances the county will provide a new seat to replace an old, unsafe one.”

Response to this program has been overwhelmingly positive. Parents often write to praise the program. Recently one parent wrote: "I was extremely pleased with the service and have recommended it to everyone. I hope you will continue to offer this wonderful program and ensure that parents are making their kids as safe as possible in the car."

Union County initiated the child safety seat program in 1998 with the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. This initiative was established in Union County to focus on the importance of motor vehicle passenger safety, especially involving infants and small children.

“The move has allowed the program to operate in a more centrally located position in Union County,” said Dan Vaniska, Union County Police Chief. “It is hoped that our new central location will enhance participation by making the service more accessible to all communities in Union County.”

The program has run over 8 years and is distinguished as one of the most successful child safety seat programs in the State of New Jersey. Since the inception of this county-wide public safety program, more than 35,000 child safety seat inspections have been conducted by the County Police.

The relocation was accomplished using available County Police resources and personnel, with the assistance of other Departments and Divisions of County government. For more information about the Child Safety Seat Inspection please contact

Captain Jeff Foulks 908-276-3658
or program coordinator Christine Marcantonio at 908-789-6830.