EDISON - Parents have new rules to follow when driving with their children in New Jersey.

The rules, which took effect on Tuesday, adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.

The state Attorney General's Office outlined the new changes:

-A child under the age of 2 years and 30 pounds shall be secured in a rear-facing seat equipped with a five-point harness.

-A child under the age of 4 years and 40 pounds shall be secured as described in (a) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing seat, then in a forward-facing child restraint equipped with a five-point harness.

-A child under the age of 8 and a height of 57 inches shall be secured as described in (a) or (b) until they reach the upper limits of the rear-facing or forward-facing seat, then in a belt positioning booster seat.

-A child over 8 years of age or 57 inches in height must be properly secured by a seat belt.

-Children between 8 and 17 must wear seat belts.