What are the child car seat laws in New Jersey? New Jersey

New Jersey Child Restraint Laws

The New Jersey car seat laws require the following regarding baby car seats and child car seats:

  • All kids younger than eight years old who weigh fewer than 80 pounds must ride in a properly secured child safety seat or booster in the car's rear seat. The child may ride in front, but only if there is no rear seat option.
  • Any child younger than eight years old who exceeds 80 pounds must wear a seat belt.
  • All riders between eight and 18 years old, regardless of weight or height, must wear a seat belt.
Violating the car seat safety laws comes with a $25 fine for first time offenders. For more information on these safety laws visit the NJ Attorney General's website, or read chapter three of the NJ drivers manual. You can grab a free copy from any MVC office.

Free Inspections of Child Car Seats

As a public service to parents, the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety provides statewide inspections of child car seats. You can find inspection listings by county on the New Jersey Attorney General's website.
These inspections instruct parents on proper car seat installation and examine car seats for any possible defects or warning signs caused by common wear and tear. All inspections are free of charge.

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