AAA Reminds Parents to Keep Children Seated, Safe & Secure

SPRINGFIELD—In support of National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15 – 21), the AAA New Jersey Automobile Club is sponsoring FREE child safety seat checks at the AAA Car Care Center in Springfield (135 Route 22 East) on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event is part of the nationwide “Seat Check Saturday” initiative. Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to check child safety seats for proper installation and use.

Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will conduct the child safety seat checks. The technicians will examine the child seat to ensure that it has been installed correctly, that it is appropriate for the child’s height and weight, and confirm that it has not been recalled by the manufacturer.

“Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children, largely due to nonuse and misuse of car seats,” says Cathleen Lewis, Region Director of Public Affairs. “Child safety seats that are not properly installed won’t protect children as intended during a crash. The best protection a parent or guardian can offer is to make sure their child is properly secured in a car seat — every trip, every time.”

AAA urges proper restraints for all vehicle occupants and recommends adhering to these simple guidelines for determining the appropriate child restraint:

  • Rear-Facing Seats in the back seat from birth to at least age 2. It’s safest to keep babies in the rear-facing position as long as possible, maxing out the upper weight or height limits of the car seat.
  • Forward-Facing Toddler Seats in the back seat once children outgrow the upper weight or height limits of their rear-facing convertible seat. It’s safest to keep your child in a five-point harness as long as possible to the upper size (height and weight) limits of the seat.
  • Booster Seats in the back seat from about age 4 until your child is 4’9” tall (usually between 8-12 years of age).
  • Seat Belts when your child is taller than 4’9”. The back seat is the safest place for kids—they should ride in the back until they are at least 13 years of age.

The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club, headquartered in Florham Park, provides automotive, travel, insurance, financial and educational services to its more than 400,000 members in Essex, Morris and Union Counties. The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club also owns and operates New Jersey’s first AAA Car Care Center, located in Springfield.

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