New Jersey Child Safety Seat Law:
Children up to 8 years, AND less than 57 inches tall, 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.
Step 1: Rear Facing - A child under the age of 4 years old and weighing less that 40 pounds. shall be secured in a rear facing child passenger restraint system, which is equipped with a five-point harness, until they outgrow the top height or top weight recommendations made by the manufacturer of the rear facing child passenger restraint system.
Step 2: Forward Facing - A child under the age of 8 years old and less than 57 inches tall shall be secured in a forward facing child passenger restraint system which is equipped with a five-point harness, until the child outgrows the top height or top weight recommendations made by the manufacturer of the child passenger restraint system.
Step 3: Belt-Positioning Booster Seats - A child who meets the above requirements shall be secured in a rear seat, in a booster seat.
Step 4: Seat Belts for older children large enough for the belt to fit correctly; at least 57 inches tall, and 8 years old.
Child Passenger Safety Facts
Injuries kill more children than all diseases combined. The leading cause of child injury death is motor vehicle crashes. The main reason for motor vehicle deaths is a failure to restrain children properly.
Child safety seats are highly effective in protecting infants and toddlers from serious injury or death.
The back seat usually is safer than the front, because frontal crashes are the most common.
Woodcliff Lake Police Child Passenger Safety Technicians
The Woodcliff Lake Police Department currently has four Child Passenger Safety Technicians available to conduct safety inspections on child safety seats. They will be able and available (by appointment) to consult with parents and any other persons who have safety seat questions, concerns, or problems. Please contact department secretary Nancy Flower at 201-391-8222 for an appointment. Or, you may contact any of the following officers to schedule an appointment if Mrs. Flower is not available:
Sergeant Craig DeGeorge: 201-391-4977, Extension 516
Sergeant Dennis DeAngelis: 201-391-4977, Extension 512
Sergeant Sean Hammel: 201-391-4977, Extension 510
PO Kathy Powers: 201-391-4977, Extension 517