As summer begins to wind down, parents and students alike are getting ready to go back to school. But, the leaves aren’t the only things changing this fall. The car seat legislation has been revised and will officially be implemented this month.
Here are the new rules:
Infant to age 2:
Children must be placed in a five point harness car seat that faces the rear if the child is under 30 Ibs and under the age of 2.
Once the child has exceeded weight and age limit, the car seat can be face forward.
Ages 2 – 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 to a booster seat.
Ages 4 – 8:
Children under the age of 8 or 57 inches tall must remain in the back of the vehicle in a booster seat.
Once the child has exceeded that weight and height, they are eligible to use a regular seat belt.
When can a child sit in the front seat?
If the vehicle does not have a back seat such as a pickup truck or sports car; car seat and booster seat regulations still apply.
Also, the vehicle passenger-side airbag must be disabled if a rear facing car seat is strapped into the front seat of the vehicle
What if you don’t comply?
Those who don’t follow the new laws will face fines ranging from $50- 75.
We wish everyone a safe and successful school year!