Child Safety Restraint Law



NJ LAW CHANGES EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2015



Any child under the age of 8 years old and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as follows in the rear seat of a motor vehicle:

A.   A child under the age of 2 years and 30 pounds shall be secured in a rear-facing seat equipped with a 5-point harness.

B.   A child under the age of 4 years and 40 pounds shall be secured as described in (a) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing seat, then in a forward-facing child restraint equipped with a 5-point harness.

C.   A child under the age of 8 and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as described in (a) or (b) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing or forward-facing seat, then in a belt positioning booster seat.

D.   A child over 8 years of age or 57 inches in height must be properly secured by a seat belt.

If there are no rear seats, the child shall be secured as described above in the front seat except that no child shall be secured in a rear-facing seat in the front seat of any vehicle that is equipped with an active passenger-side airbag. The aforementioned is acceptable if the airbag is de-activated.

For more information, you can visit the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety.


Legislation - P.L. 2015, c.50