Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way.

There are so many car seat types and models, how do you know which one is right for your child? The right car seat or booster fits your child and your car and is one you will use correctly every time you travel. Not only will your child ride as safely as possible, but you will also be establishing the foundation for a lifelong habit of seat belt use every time your child travels.



Has your child’s car seat been recalled? Here’s how you can stay informed. Consumers can take steps to protect their children from defective seats simply by filling out and mailing in the postage-paid child safety seat registration card that is attached to every child safety seat by the manufacturer. Those consumers who mail in the registration cards will be notified if there should be any recalls concerning their safety seats. Consumers who do not have child safety seat registration cards can register their seats through NHTSA’s website,, (click “Recalls,” and then “Child Safety Seat Recalls”), or by calling NHTSA’s Auto Safety Hotline: 1-888-327-4236.


Mattapoisett Police offers, free of charge, proper child safety seat installations and checks. Lieutenant Justin King and Officer Adalberto Cardoso are the certified child restraint system technicians for the Mattapoisett Police Department. They are available to assist you in correct selection and installation of all child safety seats. They can be reached by phone at (508)758-4141.