Fire Department Offers Free Child Car Seat Safety Inspections on Saturday, November 9

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne Fire Department will provide free child car seat inspections on Saturday November 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the 16th Street Fire Station, which is located at West 16th Street and Avenue A. This year’s inspection event is sponsored by the Bayonne Fire Department and Safekids Worldwide.
To date, the Fire Department has checked over 800 child safety seats for Bayonne residents. New Jersey State law requires that parents install child safety seats for children under age 8, who weigh less than 80 pounds. Children, who are heavier or older, up to age 18, must wear seat belts. Safety experts recommend that all children under age 13, ride in the back seat. Our Child Seat Technicians use a 12-Point checklist to ensure that your children are traveling safely.
Parents should be aware of the two most common issues regarding child safety seat installation. The first is a loose chest harness clip that is designed to hold the child within the seat. Children tend to play with and unintentionally manipulate the chest clip. The result is the chest harness can slip down and create an unsafe seat situation. The second problem is loose items stored within the vehicle, particularly on the rear windshield deck in passenger cars. These items can become projectiles, and seriously injure children at the time of a collision or sudden stop.
A child seat safety-check appointment can also be scheduled throughout the year. To schedule an appointment, please call Fire Headquarters at 201-858-6008.
The Bayonne Fire Department is committed to protecting you and your family, and looks forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 9.