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Child Safety Laws In Your State

Child Passenger Safety Laws

When is a child restraint required?

  • Under 2 years in a rear-facing child restraint until the reaching manufacturer's weight or height limits (eff: 01/01/20)
  • Under 3 years who are not required to be rear-facing must be secured in a forward-facing child restraint system with a harness until reaching manufacturer's weight or height limits (eff:01/01/20)
  • Older than 4 years and under 57 inches in a booster seat (eff: 01/01/20)

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

  • $124.00

When must a child sit in the rear seat?

  • 12 years and younger must be in rear seat if practical

Seat Belt Laws

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

  • $124.00

When can a child start using a seat belt?

  • Under 16 years and over 57 inches; 4 years and older if in a seating position where only a lap belt available (eff: 01/01/20)

Who is covered by the seat belt law?

  • Riders over 8 or over 57 inches

In what seats does the seat belt law apply?

  • All

Heatstroke

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

No