Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The Morris County Division of Transportation wants to make parents aware of two car seat inspection stations that are located in the area.

One is the Chester First Aid Squad building, 100 North Rd., in Chester, and the other is the Atlantic Ambulance building, 120 Dorsa Ave., in Livingston.

The inspection stations are a free service sponsored by Northern NJ Safe Kids/Safe Communities, a coalition of county and state government, law enforcement, hospitals, the education community, local businesses and concerned citizens working to reduce fatalities, injuries and property damage due to unintentional injuries on the road, at home and at play.

State law requires that children under 8 years of age or 80 pounds must be restrained in a child safety seat, or a booster seat. The law additionally requires that children over 8 years old or 80 pounds must wear a seatbelt, regardless as to where in the vehicle they are seated.

Trained, certified child passenger safety technicians are on hand at the inspection stations checking child safety seats and providing parents and caregivers education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts. According to the technicians, it is best that the child be present so the proper fit in the safety seat can be assessed.

The car seat inspection station in Chester is open the first Tuesday of the month from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the third Thursday of the month from 7 a.m. to noon, and may be reached by calling 980-879-5560.

The Livingston car seat inspection station is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and may be reached by calling 973-971-6477.