A little while ago at this blog, I advised about the new mandatory car seat law in New Jersey. It went into effect on September 1, 2015, and requires that children remain rear-facing until at least 2 years old or weighing more than 30 pounds.
Tomorrow, September 26, 2015, Safe Kids Hudson, Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health and the Jersey City Police Department will provide free hands-on instruction on installing car and booster seats outside the Target Store located at 100 14th Street in Jersey City.
The event will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and English- and Spanish-speaking certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand.
“Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Marissa Fisher, RN, Safe Kids Hudson County Coordinator, and a trauma nurse at Jersey City Medical Center.
“We want all parents to make sure their car seats are used and installed correctly and that the whole family is buckled up every time on every ride. And we’re here to help,” she said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 638 children under 13 years old died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 127,250 were injured in 2013. Of the children ages 12 years and younger who died in a crash in 2013, 38 percent were not buckled up.
Parents can get more information on child safety seats by visiting the Safe Kids website at safekids.org.