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NJ Car Seat Law changes in 2015

New Jersey Car Seat Law changes went into effect back in September 2015. We've highlighted the areas and how they affect each age group.

Under age 2:

Children under the age of two and weighing less than 30 pounds must be in rear-facing car seat, equipped with a five-point harness. 

Between ages 2-4:

A child under the age of four years and weighing less than 40 pounds shall be secured as follows:

  • In a rear-facing car seat, equipped with a five-point harness, until the child outgrows the height or weight recommendations made by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Once the child has outgrown the height and weight limitations, the car seat must face forward. The five-point harness is still required.

Between ages 4-8:

A child under the age of eight years and less than 57 inches shall be secured as follows:

  • In a forward-facing car seat, equipped with a five-point harness, until the child outgrows the height or weight recommendations made by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Once the child has outgrown the height and weight limitations, they belong in a booster seat.

If the vehicle doesn't have a back-seat, the car seat or booster seat can be used in a front seat, however car seat and booster seat regulations still apply. If the vehicle is equipped with a passenger-side airbag, it must be disabled. 

Failure to comply with new laws will result in fines ranging from $50 to $75.

Click here to review the entire revised law.

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