Effective September 1, 2015, new child passenger safety laws will go into effect in New Jersey. These new laws were designed with enhanced safety in mind – specifically on improving protections for young children riding in cars. So what are these new rules?
- Every child under 2 years old and weighing less than 30 lbs. must be secured in the back seat of a vehicle in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness.
- Every child under 4 years old and weighing under 40 lbs. must be secured in the back seat of a vehicle in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness until the child grows larger than the height and weight standards set by the manufacturer.
- After a child outgrows the manufacturer’s height and weight standards, the child may begin sitting in a front facing child seat with a five-point harness.
- Every child under 8 years old and less than 57 inches in height must be secured in a rear-facing or forward-facing child seat with a five-point harness or a belt-positioning booster seat.
- Any child older than 8 years old or taller than 57 inches in height must be properly secured by a regular adult seat belt.
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