Child Passenger Safety

The words "child passenger safety" in baby blocks

Click here for the Monthly Newsletter

How our program works

As certified child passenger safety technicians, we provide parents and guardians with guidance and education through the child safety restraint installation process. Through a grant funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, our program can provide car seats to parents/guardians in the event that a deficiency is found and there is a financial need. If you, as a parent or guardian are financially unable to purchase a new seat, you would be advised to contact one of the county’s social service agencies to obtain documentation of a legitimate financial need unless you are already affiliated with social services and have current documentation. Documentation must be presented at the time of the appointment before seat is to be released.

Is your child in the right car seat

Visit a Clinton County Fitting Station:

Clinton County Sheriff’s Office:
Contact Number: 518-565-4397
Address: 25 McCarthy Drive Plattsburgh, NY 12901 

Child Care Council of the North Country:
Contact Number: 518-561-4999
Address: 194 Base Oval Plattsburgh, NY 12903

Plattsburgh Police Department:
Contact Number: 45 Pine Street Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Address: 518-563-3411

Main Goal:

Our primary goal, as child passenger safety technicians, is to always ensure children leave us safer than when they arrived!



rear facing child car seat
Use either a rear-facing only seat or a convertible seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit of the seat.
Recommendation is children remain rear-facing until at least age 2. Rear-facing seat with harness provides the most protection.
forward facing child car seat
Use child safety seat with harness until child reaches weight or height limit or harness. The harness can range from 40 - 90 lbs. Seat with a harness provides more protection.
child car booster seat
Use a booster when the child outgrows the harnessed seat. Purpose of booster is to raise the child up so the lap-shoulder safety belt fits properly. Booster's weight limit can range up to 110 lbs.
car seat belt
Use a lap-should belt when the child can sit safely without a booster seat. This is usually at 4 feet 9 inches when the child is between 8 - 12 years old.
All children under age 7 or 57 inches (whichever is reached first) must us a properly fastened and secured child safety seat.
Children under age 18 must be properly restrained in a motor vehicle including a car, pickup truck or SUV.
  • NEVER place a rear-facing child safety seat in front of an active airbag.
  • All children should remain seated in the back seat until age 13. 
  • Follow manufacturer's instructions about replacing a seat after a crash.
For more information visit or call the Clinton County Child Passenger Safety program at 518-565-4397.

Important Note

Parents often look forward to transitioning from one stage or milestone to the next when it comes to their children. When dealing with child safety restraints, it is important to note that this is one area where transitions are not necessarily “positive”. Delaying transitions here is best! Each transition, from rear-facing to forward-facing, from forward facing to booster, and lastly from a booster seat to the seat belt—lowers the protection of the child. So don’t be in a hurry! Keep your child in each stage as long as the car seat manufacturer allows.

If you have any questions regarding our Child Passenger Safety program, or would like to make an appointment, please contact Anika Craig at 518-565-4397.