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Two Thumbs up for New Jersey’s Improved Child Passenger Safety Law

Friday, May 15, 2015  
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The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) applauds the passing of an improved child passenger safety law in New Jersey. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Pameal Lampitt and State Senator James Beach and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie, incorporates the latest recommendations and best practices for transporting children.

While New Jersey did have a law requiring children younger than eight years of age, weighing less than 80 pounds to ride in a car seat, the new law is more specific and will assist parents in knowing the best and safest way to transport a child.

“New Jersey has taken a great step towards improving child passenger safety,” said JPMA Managing Director of Public and Government Affairs and Certified CPS Technician Julie Vallese. “We are all for providing parents with the best information possible to keep children safe.”  

Under the new law:

  • A child under the age of two years and weighing less than 30 pounds must be secured rear facing in a child passenger restraint system equipped with a five-point harness.
  • A child under the age of four years and weighing less than 40 pounds must be secured:
    • In a rear facing child passenger restraint system, equipped with a five-point harness until he outgrows the height or weight limitation for rear facing imposed by the manufacturer of the child passenger restraint system, at which point he will be secured forward facing; or
    • In a forward facing child passenger restraint system equipped with a five-point harness.
  • A child under the age of eight years and less than 57 inches in height must be secured:
    • In a forward facing passenger restraint system which is equipped with a five-point harness, until he outgrows the height or weight limitation imposed by the manufacturer of the child passenger restraint system, at which point the child is to be secured in a rear seat, in a booster seat; or
    • In a rear seat, in a booster seat.

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