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For Immediate Release: March 5, 2020

Child Safety Seat Check Available to Union County Residents

Union County Freeholder Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded watches as Union County Police Department Traffic Safety Education Program Coordinator Christine Marcantonio adjusts a Child Safety Seat for the Freeholder’s son, Ryan, during a Union County Child Safety Seat Inspection at the Garwood Rescue Squad in Garwood. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

Union County, NJ — With the approach of the spring break travel season, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders encourages residents to check their child car seats for proper installation by visiting the County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Program, located at the Garwood Rescue Squad at 401 2nd Avenue in Garwood.

“The proper use and installation of child safety seats is one of the most effective methods for protecting children in the event of an accident, and the free Child Safety Seat Inspection Program is one of our most popular County services. It is available all year ‘round and we especially encourage parents and care givers to make use of it during peak travel periods,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The Child Safety Seat Inspection Program is available every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Garwood Rescue Squad. Certified child passenger safety technicians are available on site to check the car seat for proper installation and provide personal guidance on using the seat correctly. No appointment is necessary.

“Union County first launched the Safety Seat program in 1999, after surveys showed that many child safety seats are improperly installed by parents and care givers,” said Freeholder Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “That caution still holds true today, and as a parent I encourage everyone to make use of this invaluable service.”

The Child Safety Seat Inspection Program is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Union County Police Department, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, AAA Northeast – NJ Division, and the Garwood First Aid Squad.

Union County also offers additional safety resources including the CarFit program for seniors and bicycle helmets for children.

For more information about the Safety Seat Inspection Program and other services visit online at ucnj.org/childseats or contact Christine Marcantonio, Traffic Safety Program Coordinator, by email at cmarcantonio@ucnj.org or by phone at 908-789-6830.

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