Hamilton, NJ – Governor Christie recently signed A-3161/S-2032 into law, requiring parents to adhere to the current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for use of child safety seats. New Jersey is the first state to bring its child passenger safety law in line with the AAP recommendations. The law takes effect September 1, 2015.

“We thank Governor Christie for signing this first-in-the-nation law, ensuring that New Jersey remains a leader in child passenger safety,” said Tracy Noble, manager of public affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Updating the law to reflect AAP recommendations is the easiest way to keep New Jersey’s children safe on the road.”

Under the new law:

  • Children under two years of age and weighing less than 30 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system that is equipped with a five-point harness.
  • Children between two and four years of age, weighing between 30 and 40 pounds must be secured in a child passenger restraint system that is equipped with a five-point harness.
  • Children between four and eight years of age, and measuring less than 57 inches (4’9” tall) must be secured in a child passenger restraint system that is equipped with a five-point harness, or in a booster seat.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for children, primarily due to misuse and nonuse of car seats. The best way to keep kids safe in cars is to ensure they ride in age-, height- and weight-appropriate child safety seats.