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New Law in NJ Regarding Car Seats

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A very important update to car seat laws in New Jersey!

Birth to Age 2 - Under age 2 and under 30 lbs, rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness in the back seat. Once your child is either 2 years old OR 30 lbs, the car seat can face forward.

Ages 2 to 4: Either a rear-facing or forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness in the back seat. When they are either 4 years old OR 40 lbs, you can switch to a booster seat.

Ages 4 to 8: Booster seat in the back seat until they are either 8 years old OR 57 inches tall. Once they reach that age or height, they can use regular seat belts.

If your vehicle does NOT have a back seat, your child may ride in the front in either a car seat or booster seat. However your passenger airbag MUST be disabled if you are using a rear-facing car seat, as the airbag could cause injury in the event of a crash.

If you are ticketed, you may no longer claim that you were following the manufacturer's weight and age recommendations for your child's car seat. Make sure you're following the guidelines of the law instead of the back of the box!

Drive safely!

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