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Child Safety Laws In Your State

Child Passenger Safety Laws

When is a child restraint required?

  • Under 1 year or under 20 pounds in rear-facing car seat
  • 1-3 years or less than 40 pounds in forward-facing child safety seat
  • 4-7 years or 40-80 pounds and under 57 inches tall in booster seat

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

  • $175.30 if passenger under 4 years, $150.10 if passenger 4-7 years

When must a child sit in the rear seat?

  • Children 3 and younger must be in a rear seat

Seat Belt Laws

When can a child start using a seat belt?

  • Over 8 years or heavier than 80 pounds or taller than 57 inches

Who is covered by the seat belt law?

  • All riders except for children restrained in child restraint

In what seats does the seat belt law apply?

  • All

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

  • $10.00


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