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September 18, 2019
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Child Safety Seat  


New child safety seat laws became effective December 1, 2001:

  • Children up to age 8 or 80 pounds must ride in a safety or booster seat anywhere in the vehicle.
  • Children under age 8 or who weigh more than 80 pounds must wear a seat belt anywhere in the vehicle.
  • Passengers between ages 8 and 18 must wear a seat belt anywhere inside a passenger vehicle.
  • Children over 8 years old or over 80 pounds are exempt from the booster seat law, BUT MUST STILL WEAR a seat belt.
  • New Jersey's Child passenger safety law was upgraded because motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between ages of 6 to 14.
  • More than 1,700 children up to age 14 died in motor vehicle crashes nationally in 1999, with the majority not in a safety seat or seat belt.


1)     INFANT SEATS: Designed for children up to 1 year old and 20 pounds in weight. Infant seats are always positioned rear-facing.

2)    TODDLER SEATS: Designed for children between 20 and 40 pounds. Toddler seats are always positioned forward-facing.

3)     BOOSTER SEATS: Designed for children between 40 and 80 pounds. Booster seats raise a child so that the vehicle's lap-and-shoulder belt fits properly.

4)     SEAT BELTS: New Jersey law requires drivers and adult front seat passengers to wear their belts.

TO REQUEST A CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION contact the Mahwah Police at 201.529.1000 Ext 109 or email traffic@mahwahpd.org


For additional information: www.njsaferoads.com 


Six officers in the Department are certified as Child Restraint Systems (CRS) Technicians.  Research has found that nationwide, 85% of child seats are installed improperly.  This problem is due in part to the number of combinations that result from the hundreds of car seat and vehicle models and confusion on the part of parents/guardians trying to properly install the child seat.  Trained for 40 hours, these six technicians can properly inspect and install infant, toddler and booster seats.  In 2006 over 400 child seats were inspected, installed or properly secured within the Township and in other jurisdictions.  CRS Technicians participated in safety events sponsored by other jurisdictions and organizations throughout the year, both within and outside of Bergen County.

Through grants and available services the CRS Unit distributed child seats to residents free of charge.  The seats were donated to the parents/guardians when they called for an appointment through the CRS Unit and came to Mahwah Police Headquarters for the proper installation.


            Crash injuries account for the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 5 and 12.  With this statistic in mind the Mahwah Police Traffic Division has focused on child passenger safety and now is one of the few departments in Bergen County to have six certified Child Restraint Systems Technicians. Over five thousand Booster Seats have been distributed through the “Boost America” Program. The program has also distributed numerous seats throughout the year.



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