New Jersey Child Car Seat Laws

According to New Jersey State Law, until children are eight years old or 57 inches tall, they must be placed in a car restraint system approved by the United States Department of Transportation Standards and in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s height and weight suggestions.

New Jersey’s legislature recently passed stringent child safety seat regulations every parent should be aware of. People who travel through the Garden State on a regular basis with kids should seriously take a few minutes to read through this article. The bullet points listed below make the new complex laws in Bruce Springsteen’s State super simple to understand. Plus, if you need more supplemental information after reading through these bullet points, just check out the useful URL links at the end of this piece.

NJ’s Car Seat Laws

  • Infants under the age of two and weighing less than 30 pounds must be placed in a rear-facing seat with a five-point harness.
  • Toddlers over 2 years old who weigh at least 40 pounds can transition to a forward-facing seat.
  • Children younger than eight years old and below 57 inches tall can move on to a booster seat only when they go over the forward-facing seat manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • If a child is younger than eight but is over 57 inches tall, then they can legally transition to the car’s backseat safety belt in New Jersey.

To recap all the information listed above in a video format, you can watch this news clip published on YouTube. Don’t worry, although this video is published on New York’s profile it only has to do with New Jersey’s safety seat laws.


  • Check out the top rated rear-facing car seats here.
  • Any NJ parents looking for a safety technician to check child safety seat must click on this link. Here you’ll find a complete list of technicians approved by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (NJDHTS).
  • You can also visit the NJDHTS’s homepage to find even more details on the state’s child passenger safety laws.
  • To read through New Jersey’s original child safety seat laws, you can check out this link.