We know a lot of families that live in New Jersey, so I thought of them with New Jersey’s new car seat law for children.
Safety in a car is vital. You hear so many stories about people passing away after being involved in some sort of accident or collision and if there’s something we can do to help prevent those deaths then we should do it. It’s easy enough to go on a car insurance comparison site and get full coverage insurance and put on a seatbelt which protects us from unexpected accidents. Now it’s time to keep our children safe with these new car seat regulations.
The law goes into effect tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 1, which is said to dramatically help reduce the leading cause of death and injury for children 14 and younger which are car accidents, (according to the American Automobile Association: AAA).
What’s so different about these new standards are that they are the first of its kind to be signed into law in the entire nation. If you’re one of the unlucky few to have a car crash with your child in the car, it might be worth talking to someone similar to Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer to get some legal perspective on how to proceed. But I digress.
“These new regulations will ensure that New Jersey remains a leader in child passenger safety,” Cathleen Lewis, director of public affairs and government relations for AAA Northeast in New Jersey, said in a recent interview. “The new law, which requires parents to adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for use of child safety seats, is the easiest way to keep New Jersey’s children safe on the road.”
Here are the rules of the new law:
- Children under age 2 AND weighing less than 30 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat that is equipped with a five-point harness.
- Children ages 2 – 4 and weighing up to 40 pounds must be secured in a child-safety seat equipped with a five-point harness, either rear-facing (up to the height and weight limits of the seat) or forward-facing.
- Children ages 4 – 8 and less than 57″ tall (4’9″) must be secured in a forward-facing seat equipped with a five-point harness (up to the height and weight limits of the seat) or in a booster seat.
- Children ages 8 – 17 must use the vehicles seat belt. The safest place for children under 13 is the back seat.