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Child Safety Laws In Your State

Child Passenger Safety Laws

When is a child restraint required?

  • 40 inches or shorter in a child restraint
  • Under 8 years and 40-57 inches in a booster seat

What is the maximum fine for a first car seat violation?

  • $60.00

When must a child sit in the rear seat?

  • No Requirement

Seat Belt Laws

When can a child start using a seat belt?

  • 8-13 years; 4-7 years over 80 pounds or taller than 57 inches

Who is covered by the seat belt law?

  • Riders 14 and over

In what seats does the seat belt law apply?

  • Riders ages 14-17: All; Riders 18 and over: Front only

What is the maximum fine for a first seat belt violation?

  • Riders ages 14-17: $60; Riders older than 17: $30


Does law give immunity to person rescuing child in hot car?