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I live in California what are the laws for putting children in a FF carseat/booster seat?

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Asked by amysue192002 at 12:43 AM on Sep. 17, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • The only LAW there is about childern is cars at all is they cannot sit in the front seat unless they are 6 years or 60 lbs. They SUGGEST you leave your child rear facing until one and 20lbs but it is NOT A LAW. Thats for California and if you don't believe me go ask CHP.

    Answer by DessaG20 at 1:14 AM on Sep. 17, 2009


    There are the laws.

    Car seat manfuacturers say one year AND 20 pounds, not before, as infant spines can't handle the impact when forward facing. If you leave them rear facing, you DO run the risk of broken legs. But better that than a broken neck or death, y'know?

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:23 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • State Laws tend to vary greatly state to state and it is always a good idea to do the Maximum you can for your child's safety not just the minimum required laws.

    Children should remain Rear-facing until the limits (height and weight) on a convertible seat ( 33-45lbs or 1" of shell left over the head now depending on the seat). This is the Recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics. They should remain in a Forward Facing Harnessed car seat as long as possible (40-80lbs and shoulders even with the top harness slot). The longer the child remains in a harness the safer they are. Then they should ride in a booster seat until they can pass the 5 point test for wearing a seatbelt.

    California Law is really vague about who needs a car seat and does not offer very much in the way of guidelines.

    5 years and younger or less than 60 pounds

    Check out for more information.

    Answer by tocreatefire at 11:41 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

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