Child Safety Seats
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for young children. A minor crash or even a sudden stop can seriously injure a child who is not riding in the right type of child safety seat. You can reduce the risk by having your child always ride in a properly fastened and secured safety seat.
The Pepperell Police Department can provide information about installing and inspecting your child safety seat. If you would like assistance with installing a child safety seat, or you would like to have your installation inspected by a CPS Technician, please contact Officer Rick Smith.
About the Law
Summary of the Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law (as of July 10, 2008):
- Children must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall
- Children ages 8 through 12 must wear a properly fastened safety belt
- A police officer can stop your vehicle if a child age 12 or under is not properly restrained
- Safe Kids USA - Safe Kids USA is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14
- Find a Child Protective Services technician or check-up events outside of Pepperell:
- National Highway Transportation Safety Administration child safety seat recalls
- Child safety seat ease of use ratings
- American Academy of Pediatrics - Website offers a comprehensive compilation of resources and materials about children with regard to traffic safety issues
- Massachusetts Governor Executive Office of Public Safety - Child Passenger Safety - This page gives an overview of the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program; car seat checkpoints are listed as well as informational handcards and links to several resources