Child Seats Aren’t Just For Babies!
- Motor vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause of death for children 4 to 10 years old. Many children of this age should be riding in booster seats which have been shown to reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent compared to seat belts alone.
- Booster seats protect children who are too big for a car seat but too small for a seat belt. Seat belts don’t fit children properly until they are at least 57” (4’9”) tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. However, seatbelt fit varies in different vehicles as well as seating positions within the same vehicle. It is best to speak with a child passenger technician to assure your child is traveling safely.
- One in five parents whose children carpool say they “bend the rules” when driving, letting children ride without seat belts and without the car seat or booster seat they would normally use. And 61 percent of parents say they notice other carpool drivers bending the rules. Safe Kids research also shows that one in four parents report they don’t buckle up their children on every ride.
Please call Pompton Lakes Police Department to schedule an appointment to have your child’s car seat checked.