Child Passenger Safety
Car crashes are still the leading cause of death and disability for young children. A properly used child safety seat can reduce fatal injury by 71%.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Infants should always ride in rear-facing until they are 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds.
- Children 1 year of age and at least 20 pounds can ride forward-facing. It is best to ride rear-facing as long as possible.
- Booster seats are for older children who have outgrown their forward-facing car safety seats. Children should stay in a booster seat until the adult seat belts fit correctly (usually when a child reaches about 4' 9" in height and is between 8 and 12 years of age).
The New Hope Police Department currently offers numerous resources for parents and caregivers looking for child passenger safety information. You can pick up a copy of “Buckle up Kids,” and other child passenger safety literature by stopping by the police department lobby. We also have videos on child passenger safety available for individuals or groups upon request. Child seat inspections are offered for New Hope residents by appointment.
If you have a question regarding child passenger safety, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Officer Nichole Korth. Officer Korth will also host a child passenger safety talk, or information booth at your event as her schedule allows. Call to check on availability.
To check your child’s safety seat for recalls or to get a copy of “Buckle up Kids,”, please follow
the links below.