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Please Note
The Child Safety Seat Inspection facility will be closed on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 due to a bike safety even in Plainfield requiring staff to go to that event.
Did you know 8 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly?

Every Wednesday and Thursday, the County is conducting free child safety seat inspections from 7:30am to 11:00am at the Garwood First Aid Squad at 401 2nd Ave in Garwood. No appointment necessary. 

For more information, e-mail, or call 908-789-6830.

Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, AAA Northeast-NJ Division, Garwood First Aid Squad and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.


If immediate assistance is required, the following websites offer information regarding alternate inspection facilities:


Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death of children over the age of six months in the United States. The proper use of child safety 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 accident.

Please make sure that children are properly protected while traveling in a motor vehicle. The correct use of child safety seats will offer the best protection possible for your child. So please be aware of the facts listed on this web page regarding the proper use of child safety seats, and drive sober, safe and buckled.

There are over forty different types of 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 you feel comfortable installing, can clearly understand the instructions, and feel you will use correctly on every trip. Correct use is easy if you follow four simple steps:

Thoroughly read the manufacturer’s instructions for the car seat AND the vehicle as pertains to installation in that particular seating position.


Select the correct seat for your child and utilize seat correct

  • Newborn – infant carrier or (rear-facing) convertible – up to 2 years and 30 lbs
  • Toddler – convertible seat (forward-facing) or forward-facing only seat – over 2 years and 30 lbs./use to maximum height/weight limit of seats
  • Children – booster seat (highback, backless or integrated) – to 8 years old or 80 lbs., per NJ law.


Properly secure child in the restraint according to the manufacturer’s instructions

  • Harness straps should be “snug” (no slack in harness) and retainer clip should be positioned at armpit levee
  • Harness should be routed correctly according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Secure the child safety seat with a safety belt or LATCH system (see vehicle and child seat instructions for specific instructions)
  • Anchoring the seat properly with the seat belt or LATCH system 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 completely. Check your instructions to find out how to route the seat belt properly and fasten it tightly.


If your car has a FRONT passenger-side air bag and your baby is under 20 pounds:

  • NEVER put your baby in the front seat. The back of the rear-facing safety seat is located very close to the dashboard, where the airbag is housed. If the air bag inflates, it may hit the back of the car seat very hard, and the impact could seriously injure your baby.
  • ALWAYS put your baby in the back seat, still facing the rear. Read your vehicle owner’s manual for instructions about children and air bags.