NJ Car Seat Laws Change, is Your State Next?

NJ Car Seat Laws Change, is Your State NextNew Jersey has implemented a law that requires children to be rear-facing in their car seats until they are two years of age or they weigh more than 30 pounds. The change was made in order to be in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to ensure the safety of child passengers. While this law is implemented in more states, CT Auto Insurance can help to reduce the additional risk of carrying passengers.

In addition to the car seat laws, children aged 8 or 57 inches need to remain in a booster seat whereas the previous law was age 8 or 80 pounds. What’s more, children younger than 4 years old or less than 40 pounds must be in a seat with a five-point harness not a booster seat using the regular seat belt, according to NorthJersey.com.

These suggestions are derived from statistics gathered by the AAP for 15 years regarding crash safety for children under age 2. According to the study, “the odds of severe injury for forward-facing infants under 12 months of age were 1.79 times higher than for rear-facing infants; for children 12 to 23 months old, the odds were 5.32 times higher.”

However, this law is receiving some backlash from parents who claim their children will be uncomfortable or don’t fit in rear-facing seats as they are too big. While many say that this expectation is inconvenient, Howard Mazin, pediatrician at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, stated “The science and studies are quite clear. I know all parents want what’s safest for their kids.”

Local police officers also said that were not seeking to give unreasonable tickets, but rather ensure the child is safely secured in the vehicle. However, average ticket prices for these violations have increased to a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $75 fine, according to the article.

In order to avoid these fees and promote child safety, parents are encouraged to visit with local police stations to guarantee proper car seat installation and fitting.

At Byrnes Agency, we understand the scope of risk that driver’s face on a daily basis. In addition to protecting you and your passengers, our comprehensive coverage can reduce liability for your daily commute and operations. For more information, contact us today at one of our three locations.

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Woodstock, CT 06281
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