Car Seat Installation

Did you know that 93% of parents leaving the hospital made at least one critical error when installing a car seat or positioning their child in it? The Madison Police Department has officers trained as certified car seat technicians. An officer can assist you in the installation of a new car seat or to check car seats that have been previously installed.

Setting an Appointment
Car seat inspections are conducted by appointment. Contact the Traffic Safety Bureau or by phone at 973-593-3005.


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Car Seat Laws
New Jersey law requires the following:
  • Children under 8 years of age who weigh less than 80 pounds to ride properly secured in a child safety seat or booster seat in the rear seat of the vehicle. If there is no rear seat, the child may sit in the front seat, but s/he must be secured by a child safety seat or booster seat.
  • Babies and toddlers shall remain in rear-facing car seats until they are 2 years old and 30 pounds.
    • (Note: A rear-facing infant seat should never be placed in a front seat with a passenger-side airbag unless the vehicle is equipped with an air bag on/off switch. For more information about child safety seats and air bags consult Advisory on Airbags and Passenger Sensing Systems.)
  • Children under 8 years of age who weigh more than 80 pounds to ride properly secured in a seat belt
  • Passengers 8 to 18 years of age (regardless of weight) ride properly secured in a seat belt.