New Car Seat Law

Effective September 1, 2015

Here’s how the revised law will work according to each age group:

Infant to age 2:

  • Car seats must remain rear-faced in the vehicle if the child is under 30 lbs. and under the age of 2. The car seat also has to have a five-point harness.
  • Once the child has exceeded the weight and age limited, the car seat can be faced forward.

Ages 2 to 4:

  • Children under the age of 4 or under 40 lbs. must remain in either a rear-facing or a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness in the back seat of a vehicle.
  • Once the child has exceeded the weight or age limited, they can switch over to a booster seat.

Ages 4 to 8:

  • Children under the age of 8 or height requirement of 57 inches tall must remain in the back of the vehicle in a booster seat.
  • Once the child has exceeded the weight and height limited they are eligible to use a regular seat belt.

When can my child sit in the front seat?

  • A child can sit in the front seat of a vehicle if that vehicle does not have a back seat – such as a pick-up truck or a sports car. However, the car seat and booster seat regulations still apply (i.e. Car seats must remain rear-faced in the vehicle if the child is under 30 lbs. and under the age of 2).
  • Also, the vehicle’s passenger-side airbag must be disabled if a rear-facing car seat is strapped into the front seat of the vehicle.

What if I don’t comply with the law?

  • Those who don’t follow the new laws will face fines ranging from $50 to $75 beginning in September. Before the revisions, the fines were only $10 to $25.

 

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