SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Infants and toddlers will be required to ride in rear-facing car seats longer, according to a recently signed New Jersey law that will go into effect in September.
The new law requires babies and toddlers sit in rear-facing car seats until they reach the age of two years or 30 pounds. The law agrees with recommendations put forth by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP). Previously, the requirement was one year.
"I understand the safety factor of how the car seat is suppose to work in a crash," said South Plainfield resident Keely Loria. "I think it's great that they are creating a law to increase the age/weight for rear facing requirements."
Once they are turned around, children must remain in 5-point harness car seats until they are 4-years-old or weigh 40 pounds. The new law also says that children must remain in booster seats until they reach the age of 8 or 57 inches in height.
Fines for violation of the law will range from $50 to $75.
This is certainly an improvement to the existing law," said South Plainfield Police Chief James Parker. "This is going to better protect infants and children from spinal chord injuries."