New Jersey Updates Child Restraint Laws – Increases Minimum Age For Forward-Facing

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On May 7, 2015, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law that amended NJ’s child restraint law. This new law takes effect on September 1, 2015.

We know that legal jargon is very confusing so here is the updated New Jersey carseat and booster seat law in plain English:

Children under the age of 8 (through age 7) are legally required to ride in the back seat* as follows:

  • Under age 2 (0-23 months) and weighing less than 30 pounds are required to use a rear-facing carseat with a 5-point harness. This means a convertible used in the rear-facing position or an infant seat. (Note: Most babies will outgrow an infant carrier before their 2nd birthday and will need to transition to a convertible seat used in the rear-facing position. Unless you start off with a convertible seat from birth and then there is no need to transition to a bigger rear-facing seat.)

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  •  Age 2 through age 3 (24-47 months) secured in a carseat with 5-point harness either rear-facing (until reaching the weight or height limit) or forward-facing. Having a 3-year-old in just a booster seat is not legal unless they weigh more than 40 lbs.

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  • Age 4 through age 7 (48 months until 8th birthday) and less than 57 inches tall (4’9″) secured in a forward-facing carseat with 5-point harness or a booster seat. There is no weight requirement in this updated law – only age and height requirements. (Note: If you have an older child who weighs more than 80 lbs. and you’re having a hard time finding a booster seat that they actually still fit in – consider a Safety 1st Incognito Kid Positioner. It’s specifically designed for bigger, older kids.)

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  • Age 8 through 17 shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt

Passing the 5 Step Test

Exemptions:

* If there are no rear seats (e.g., standard cab pickup truck), the child shall be secured in a carseat or booster in the front passenger seat except that no child shall be secured in a rear-facing carseat in the front seat of any motor vehicle which is equipped with a passenger-side airbag that is not disabled or turned off.

Full text of the new law can be found here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/A3500/3161_R1.PDF

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Mother’s Day Giveaway! (AKA – say something nice about yourself and enter to win a Chicco KidFit Booster!)

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Chicco KidFit BoosterHere at CarseatBlog we know our demographic and they’re mostly moms, moms-to-be, nannies & child care providers and the occasional Mr. Mom. We’re cool with that because we’re moms (and Mr. Moms) too! We know where you’ve been and where you’re going. And we also know that EVERYONE can use a Chicco KidFit Booster. Even if your own kids are too young, too little or waaaaay too immature to ride in a booster right now – we trust that you can find a good home, or a good use, for a KidFit!

Therefore, in celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Chicco USA to give away one Chicco KidFit Booster in the “Paprika” (red/black) fashion.

This promotion is now closed. Thank you for participating – a winner will be announced soon!

KidFit Specs & Features:

  • Highback Mode: 30-100 lbs.; 38-57” tall; at least 4 years old and can sit relatively still and properly in a seatbelt at all times
  • Backless Mode: 40-110 lbs. and all other requirements listed for highback mode
  • 10 height positions
  • Lower LATCH anchor attachments
  • 2-position backrest to match vehicle seat position/contour
  • Headrest fully lined with thick EPS foam
  • Dual cupholders made of flexible rubber material
  • Unique shoulder belt guide design

For all the KidFit details check out our complete review:

Chicco KidFit Booster Review – The Trifecta is Complete!

 

To enter, leave us a comment below and say something nice about yourself! Then click on Rafflecopter to qualify yourself. Yup, that’s it. You don’t need to be someone’s mother and your comment doesn’t have to be mom-related (although it can be if you want it to). Just say something nice about yourself. Hopefully that won’t be too hard or require too much thought. Lol!

Clek Infant-thingy Review: Clek for Noobs!

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Clek Infant-thingy Infant Insert

The Clek Foonf and Fllo convertible carseats both have minimum starting weight limits of 14 lbs. with the addition that the child must be able to sit upright alone. Right off the bat, this eliminates both seats from parents who want to use a convertible from birth since most babies don’t reach this “advanced” stage until 6+ months of age. Enter the Infant-thingy, Clek’s new hotly anticipated insert that allows the Foonf and Fllo to fit noobs from 5 lbs. It’s available in Shadow black Crypton fabric, so it’s easily cleanable for those baby blow-outs you’ll inevitably have.

Basics

  • Rated from 5-22 lbs., 19-33” rear-facing use only
  • Body support cushion is required until 11 lbs.
  • Crotch strap adjusted to the rear slot position
  • Energy-absorbing material in head support
  • Infant-thingy manual supersedes Foonf and Fllo manuals

Measurements

  • Bottom harness slot with body support: 9”
  • Crotch strap position: 3”

Before using the Infant-thingy, the carseat’s headrest must be removed. Raise the headrest to its uppermost position, then use the troubleshooting tool on the back of the carseat to release it. There’s a small hole on the front of the right headrest guide where the tool fits in (that’s the one that doesn’t have the push button release). If you’ve lost the tool, you can use a paperclip. Don’t worry, there are directions for this maneuver in the Infant-thingy instruction manual. Be sure not to lose the headrest because you’ll definitely need it later on when your child is taller.

Clek troubleshooting tool with circle removing Clek headrest

NEWS: ABC Kids Spring Show 2015

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The Spring ABC Show is quite a bit different than the Fall Show as it’s geared specifically toward specialty retailers. This show has 4 rows of booths in a hotel convention center—this time it was at the Rio in Las Vegas—as opposed to 4 million at the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Fall Show. Hyperbole aside, it’s a much more chill environment and I could chat with manufacturer reps for as long as I wanted. I know you’re all about the latest and greatest, so here’s what I found out.

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They had the Cloud Q on display. Due to testing, there have to be some tweaks made. Of course! The lovely testing. I heard that a lot as I talked with everyone. So, when used baseless, the Cloud Q’s handle will have to be in the most forward position toward the child’s feet and there are now notches in the handle for the lap portion of the seat belt not only to remind parents it needs to be that way but also to act as a reinforcement to the notches in the seat. They didn’t have a prototype on hand with the new handle to show, so here’s a glossy press version of the Euro model in its full recline mode.

Expected: 2nd half of July

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Lil Fan Boosters

Lil Fan makes sports-themed boosters. Have a favorite team? It’s a good chance they’ll have a booster for you! I measured the shoulder belt guides at 21” while Kecia measured them at 19” at the Fall Show, so we’ll be sure to Duke it out and let you know Sooner rather than later.

Highback booster (Club Seat) features:

  • 30-110 lbs., 4-12 years
  • EPS foam
  • 5 position headrest
  • backrest can be removed to make it a backless booster
  • removable dual-sided cup holder

Backless booster (Box Seat) features:

  • 40-110 lbs., 4-12 years
  • adjustable shoulder belt clip

Lil Fan also has a line of team diaper bags available in 3 different styles: messenger bag, backpack, and sling bag, plus there’s an insulated bottle holder. Everything’s available on Amazon.com plus at other retailers so they should be easy to find.

Expected: boosters are due in 30 days.

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Jané (Hahn-ay)