New Jersey’s Strict New Child Seat Laws Take Effect September 1st
The new controversial child seat laws in New Jersey go into action today, September 1st.
Under these new laws, kids who are less than two years old or 30 pounds must use rear-facing car seats with a five-point harness, regardless of their height. These children must be located in the back seats, unless a person drives a vehicle like a sports car or truck, which does not feature back seats. Under those special circumstances, the passenger-side airbag must be deactivated or removed if the child is to use a rear-facing car seat on the passenger-side of the vehicle.
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Additionally, children between the ages of two and four are required to sit in a rear or forward facing car seat in the vehicle’s back seats, while children between the ages of four and eight will be forced to sit either in a car seat or booster seat in the vehicle’s back seats, until they reach eight years old or 57 inches tall.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed this new legislation into law back in May.
Oddly, there are no specifications in these new child seat laws for when children eight years old or more are allowed to sit in the vehicle’s front seats. These new laws also do not specify how police will determine a child’s age, weight, or height.
Tickets worth up to $75 can be given to drivers who violate these laws.
Violators will also not be allowed to argue that their vehicle’s manufacturer suggested different car seat practices in order for the driver to get out of paying a fine. That condition has been removed under the updated New Jersey child seat law.
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- Lisa CopelandContributor
Lisa Copeland is a contributor to The News Wheel and the founder of Crushing Mediocrity. Lisa Copeland is a leader in the automotive industry, distinguished by Automotive News in 2015 as one of the Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. Lisa was the Managing Partner of FIAT/Alfa Romeo of Austin when it was named a Best Dealership to Work For thanks to her innovative leadership strategies. She now works as Head of Automotive Retail Strategies at The Culture Works and speaks nationwide on building culture in the workplace.