Department of Health

140 County Hwy 33W

Suite 3

Cooperstown  NY  13326


Phone: 607-547-4230

Fax :      607-547-4385

Office Hours:      9:00-5:00

Summer Hours: 9:00-4:00

                        (July - August)

Kathleen Chase, PHN



Car Seat Safety     


Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. You can help keep this from happening to your child by using car safety seats and seat belts correctly on every single trip you take.

Important safety rules

  • Always use a car safety seat. Start with your baby's first ride home from the hospital.
  • Never place a child in a rear-facing car safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag.
  • All children younger than 13 years are safest in the back seat.
  • Be a good role model - always wear your seat belt. This will help your child form a lifelong habit of buckling up.
  • Remember that each car safety seat is different. Read and keep the instructions that came with your seat handy, and follow them at all times.
  • Read your car owner's manual for information about installing your car safety seat.
  • If you need help installing your car safety seat , contact the Otsego County Dept of Health at 607-547-4230 for a certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician. A Technician can check your installation and answer questions or visithghttp//


For more information on:

  • Rear-facing seats
  • Infant-only seats
  • Convertible seats(used rear-facing)
  • Convertible seats (used forward-facing)
  • Forward-facing seats
  • Built-in seats
  • Booster seats and more go to:


Source: American Academy of Pediatrics