TRENTON, N.J. — Children under 8 must be strapped in booster seats when they ride in cars in New Jersey under one of the nation's toughest laws.
The law, which was signed Thursday and takes effect Dec. 1, is most stringent for its age requirement. It mandates booster seats for children younger than 8 who weigh less than 80 pounds.
The next toughest age requirement is in Rhode Island, where a law that took effect in July requires children under 7, and less than 54 inches tall and 80 pounds, to travel in booster seats.
New Jersey became the seventh state in recent years to pass booster seat laws.
The National Safe Kids Campaign would like to see states require children under 9 to ride in booster seats.