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Child Passenger Safety

The Holbrook Police Department offers the service of installing child seats in your vehicles. Residents should contact Holbrook Communication Dispatcher Marion O’Donnell at (781) 767-1212 or to make an appointment.

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.

Children must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are eight years old OR over 57 inches tall. For more information regarding Child Safety Seats as well as the full-text law, please follow the link to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety website devoted to these new laws.

Please fill out the Child Passenger Safety Inspection Form (DOC) and bring the completed form with you to your appointment, or fill out the form below. Upon arrival to your appointment, please have the seat unpacked and if possible, attempt to install it on your own. Our techs will inspect your installation, make any needed corrections, and instruct you on proper installation.

Car Seat Installation Form

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Set a Good Example

Children 12 and under should always ride in the back seat. Follow vehicle manufacturers’ warnings about seating of children near airbags. Important things to remember:

  • Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an airbag
  • Never place a shoulder belt behind the back or under the arm

Set a good example – 70% of children whose parents do not buckle up will not buckle up when they become adults. Wear your safety belt every time! Massachusetts law requires everyone to buckle up. Any object in a vehicle can become a projectile in a crash. Use a trunk or cargo area to properly store loose items.

Learn to properly use your child’s safety seat by reviewing the seat and vehicle manufacturers’ instructions. If you still need assistance, Find a Child Passenger Safety Technician Statewide.

Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law (as of July 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
  • Police officer can stop your vehicle if a child age 12 or under is not properly restrained

Big Enough for Adult Safety Belts

  • When is a child big enough to wear an adult safety belt? When the following are all true:
  • Tall enough to sit without slouching, by Massachusetts law over 57 inches
  • Shoulder belt rests comfortably across the shoulder and chest, not the neck or throat
  • Lap belt fits securely, low and snug on hips
  • Sits with back and buttocks against seat
  • Knees completely bend over edge of seat
  • Feet are flat on the floor
  • Stays comfortably seated this way