Andover Township residents can have their child passenger safety seats inspected by township police. Lt. Rod Mosner and Sgt. Brian Kithcart are certified child passenger safety seat technicians. Smith and Mosner earned their certificate from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association in conjunction with AAA North Jersey after completing a one-week course at the Passaic County Police Academy.

Township residents who wish to have their seats inspected should contact the police department at (973) 383-5544 to schedule an appointment. If neither officer is on duty, please ask to be transferred to their voice mail. Inspections will be conducted by appointment only. Residents will be asked to supply the make and model number of the seat to be inspected and the approximate height and weight of the child. Residents are requested to bring their child with them to their scheduled appointment. They should also bring the owner’s manual to both their vehicle and the seat they wish to have inspected. Each inspection takes about one hour.

The officers also have two child safety seats available for township residents to borrow. The seats can be borrowed by any resident whose child seat is not considered safe or appropriate upon inspection. The resident will be required to return the seat to the police department. Wal-Mart of Hampton generously donated the seats which aided in getting the inspection program started.

Proper Child Passenger Restraint Use in New Jersey

Age: Birth to 1 year Age: 1 to 4 years Age: 4 to 8 years Age: 8 years and up
Type of restraint: Infant only or convertible car seat in rear facing position Type of restraint: Forward facing car seat with internal harness Type of restraint: Booster seat (high back or backless) with vehicle lap and shoulder belt Type of restraint: Adult lap and shoulder belt (use seat belt fit test to check if child is big enough*)
Weight: 0 to 20 lbs. Weight: 20 to 40 lbs. Weight: 41 to 80 lbs. Weight: 80 and above

* These are general guidelines for child passenger safety. Please visit for more detailed information including the seat belt fit test. Check the car seat label for maximum height and weight limits.

New Jersey's Child Restraint Law

The Driver must secure all passengers under 8 years of age or under 80 lbs. in a Child Passenger Restraint System (CRS) or booster seat in the rear seat. If there is no rear seat, the CRS must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

All passengers between 8 and 18 years of age, as well as well as the driver and front seat passenger of an automobile, must wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt system. The driver is responsible for all passengers under 18 years of age. 

See N.J.S.A. 39:3-76.2a for the complete statute. See N.J.S.A. 39:3-76.2f for the complete statute.




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