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The Southington Police Department is dedicated to providing the public with pertinent information regarding the safety of child passengers. We have certified child passenger safety seat officers who are available to inspect your current installation of your child safety seat(s) and to teach parents how to properly install them. Please contact the Southington Police Department at 860-378-1600 to make an appointment.

Newborn Car Seat Safety
Child Passenger Safety Laws in CT
Child Passenger Safety Laws (Spanish)
Child Passenger Safety Tips
Child Passenger Safety Tips (Spanish)
* Thank you to www.ctsafekids.org for the above link information.






* Image above coutesy of Jodi Gerstenhaber of Safe in the Car. You can also find
them on Facebook here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Child Passenger Safety (CPS)?
Child Passenger Safety, also known as car seat safety, is a critical component of your child’s safety every day. When traveling with your child in a vehicle it is the law in Connecticut to keep your child properly restrained in a car seat. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, road injuries are the leading cause of death to children in the United States. However, the correct use of a child safety seat can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%.
Unfortunately, only 1 out of 5 car seats in Connecticut is used properly. It is the mission of The Southington  Police Department  to ensure safe transportation of all children in town and the surrounding areas  by raising awareness on the issue, providing community education and safety materials to local families in need and by hosting car seat checks . The Southington Police Department aims to be a resource for families and organizations who want to learn more about keeping their child safe in and around vehicles.
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What happens when I get my car seat checked?
After being greeted and asked to fill out light paperwork, the technicians will check your seat to see if it’s expired or recalled. Then, they will measure the height and weight of your child (or ask you this information) to make sure the seat properly fits your child. If necessary, they will adjust harness straps to fit your child before the installation occurs. Then, they will install your seat making sure to teach and answer questions you may have as they install. The technicians may even walk you through installing the seat yourself, to ensure you know how to install the seat safely for your child. At some point, you will most likely receive educational materials to take home with you. What are the Child Passenger Safety Laws in Connecticut?

LAW: Infants must remain rear-facing until they are a minimum of both 20 lbs and 1 year old.
Further Recommended: Children  should be kept rear facing until they are two years old or meet the maximum height or weight limit for their car seat when it is rear facing. (Recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics)

LAW: Toddlers must be in a car seat.
Further Recommended: Children should remain the car seat until they reach the weight or height limit of their car seat (usually Between 50 and 80 pounds).

LAW: Children should ride in a approved child restraint device ( Car seat or Booster Seat)  until they reach 7 years old AND 60 pounds (they must meet both requirements). Children who ride in a booster seat must use a lap and shoulder belt.
Further Recommended: Children should continue to ride in a booster seat until the seat belt fits properly (fitting on their collar bone and hip bones, not on their neck and stomach).

LAW: Children, tweens and teens must be in a seat belt whenever they ride in a vehicle.
Further Recommended: Children should ride in the back seat until they are 13 years old. All people and objects should be properly restrained whenever they are in a vehicle.

Violators of the Connecticut car seat law must pay a fine and attend a 2-hour educational car seat class at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If you want to make your Child seat is in correctly it can be checked by one of our Child Passenger Safety Technicians.   **** It is suggested that you call and make an appointment first.  Each appointment takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

* Thank you to www.ctsafekids.org for the above link information.



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