Child Seat Safety

Approximately 8 out of every 10 child seats are being used incorrectly.

Brookline Police Officers, who are certified as SafeKids Child Passenger Safety Technicians, are available to instruct parents on the proper use of child restraint systems, assist with installations and provide education to the community in the use of child seats and seatbelts. 

We currently schedule car seat installation checks on an individual basis. Please call 617-730-2603 and leave your information and an officer will get back to you.
*This program is supported in part by a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division. To learn more about child seat and passenger safety.  
Please utilize this guide to help you with the installation of a child safety seat. 
 Common Misuses of a Child Safety Seat
•Not using the right child safety seats for a child's size and age;
•Not placing the child safety seat in the correct direction;
•Incorrect installation of the child safety seat in relation to the vehicle's air bags;
•Incorrect installation and tightness of the child safety seat to the vehicle seat;
•Not securing/tightening the child safety seats harness and crotch straps;
•Improper use of locking clips for certain vehicle safety belts;
•Not making sure the vehicle's seat belts fit properly across the child when using a booster seat; and
•Using a defective, expired, or broken child safety seat.

Did you know...
....that car seats have an expiration date.
....if a car seat was in a crash, it may need to be replaced.
....if your child is rear facing, the straps should be below your child's shoulder. And if forward facing, the straps should be above the shoulder but not the ears.
....the longer the child is in a five point harness, the safer they are.
....the longer the child is rear facing, the safer they are (we worry about their spin in a crash).
....children 12 and under should be in the back seat and not the front.
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