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Car seat restrictions

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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The laws for baby rear facing in car seats have changed. They are no longer to go front facing at 1 year old anymore. The new guidelines are rear facing until they're 2 years old. It's safer for them. My baby is almost 9 months and I just wanted to share. He will be rear facing until 2. As moms we keep our children safe. Just letting new moms know and expecting moms to know as well.
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proudmommy690
by Christa on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM
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Actually last I heard, that's just a recommendation...did they change it to a law?
Jordansmommy32
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I searched it and the AAP said it was the law.
Jordansmommy32
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM
That's how it is in Alabama anyway.
babyspots17
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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I don't believe it is a law in any state yet but it is the recommendation AAP, NHSTA, SafekidUSA and many other safety institutes. 

shadow_lark
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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Guidelines and laws are way different. You, as an adult should know that. Scary that you don't seem to know the difference.
mama-smurf
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Idk Michigan law but we are gonna rear face til 2.
mama-smurf
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM
In some states it is a law.


Quoting babyspots17:

I don't believe it is a law in any state yet but it is the recommendation AAP, NHSTA, SafekidUSA and many other safety institutes. 


babyspots17
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Really which ones?

Quoting mama-smurf:

In some states it is a law.


Quoting babyspots17:

I don't believe it is a law in any state yet but it is the recommendation AAP, NHSTA, SafekidUSA and many other safety institutes. 



mjande4
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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It's a recommendation, NOT a law.

This is the July 2013 chart from the NHTSA.


<1 (or <20) in rear-facing infant seat; 1 - 4 (or 20 - 40) in forward-facing child safety seat; 5 (but not yet 6) in booster seat 6 - 14 $25 + points
Alaska <1 (or <20) in rear-facing infant seat; 1 - 4 (and >20) in child safety seat; 4 - 7 (and 20 - 64 lbs. or <57") in booster seat >4 (and >65 or >57")
8-16 (and <65 or <57")
$50 + points
American Samoa <4 >4 No data
Arizona <4; 5 - 7 (and <57") 5 - 7 (and >57") $50
Arkansas <5 (and <60) 6 - 14 (or >60) $100
California <8 (and <57") in rear seat if available 8 - 15 (or >57") $490 + 1 point
Colorado <1 (and <20) in rear-facing infant seat in rear seat if available; 1 - 3 (and 20 - 40) in child safety seat; 4 - 7 in booster seat 8 - 15 $82
Connecticut <1 (or <20) in rear-facing restraint system; 1 - 6 (and <60) in child restraint system; booster seats only w/ a lap and shoulder belt 7 - 15 (and >60) $60 ($15 for 4 - 16 and >40 lbs.)
Delaware <7 (and <66) 8 - 15 (or >66) $25
D.C. <7 8 - 15 $75 + points
Florida <3 4 - 5 $60 + points
Georgia <8 (and <57") in rear seat if available >57"; >40 lbs. in rear seat can use lap belt if lap/shoulder belt unavailable $50 + points
Guam <4 in child safety seat; 4-11 (and <4'9") in child restraint or booster seat 12 and older (or 4'9" or taller) $100
Hawaii <4 in child safety seat; 4 - 7 in booster seat or child restraint 4 - 7 (and >4'9"); 4 - 7 (and >40 lbs.) in rear seat can use lap belt if lap/shoulder belt unavailable $100
Idaho <7 Not permissible $79
Illinois <7 8 - 15; >40 lbs. in rear seat if only lap belt available $75 ($200 for subsequent offenses)
Indiana <7 8 - 15; >40 lbs. can use lap belt if lap/shoulder belt unavailable $25 + points
Iowa <1 (and <20) in a rear-facing child seat; 1 - 5 in child restraint 6 - 17 $25
Kansas <3 in child restraint; 4 - 7 (and <80 or <57") in child restraint or booster seat 8 - 13; 4 - 7 (and >80 or >57") $60
Kentucky <40" in child restraint; <6 (and between 40" and 50") in booster seat <6 (and >50") $50 child restraint;
$30 booster seat
Louisiana <1 (or <20) in rear-facing child safety seat; 1 - 3 (or 20 - 39) in forward-facing child safety seat; 4 - 5 (or 40 - 60) in booster seat 6 -12 (or >60) $100
Maine <40 lbs. in child safety seat; 40 - 80 lbs. and <8 yrs. in safety system that elevates child so that adult safety belt fits properly; <11 (and <100) in rear seat if available 8 - 17 (or <18 yrs. and >4'9") $50 (max. $250 for subsequent offenses)
Maryland <8 (and <57") 8 - 15 (or >57") $50
(eff. 10/1/13)
Massachusetts <7 (and <57") 8 - 12 (or >57") $25
Michigan <7 (and <57"); <4 in rear seat if available 8 - 15 (or >57") $10 for <4; $25 for 4 - 8 and under 4'9"
Minnesota <7 (and <57") >8 (or >57”) $50
Mississippi <4 in child restraint; 4 - 6 (and <57" or <65 lbs.) in booster seat >7 (or >57" or >65 lbs.) $25
Missouri <4 (or <40) in child safety seat; 4 - 7 (and 40 - 80 and <4'9") in child safety seat or booster seat; >4 years (and >80 or >4'9") in booster seat or safety belt 8 - 16; >4 (and >80 or >4'9") $50; $10 for >80 lbs. or >4'9"
Montana <6 (and <60) Not permissible $100
Nebraska <5 6 - 17 $25 + points
Nevada <6 (and <60) Not permissible $500 (min. $100)
New Hampshire <5 (and <55") 6 - 17 (or <6 and >55") $50
New Jersey <8 (and <80) in rear seat if available Not permissible $25 + court fees
New Mexico <1 in rear-facing infant seat in rear seat if available; 1 - 4 (or <40) in child safety seat; 5 - 6 (or <60) in booster seat 7 - 17 $25
New York <3 unless >40 lbs. and no lap/shoulder belt available; 4 - 7 unless no lap/shoulder belt available 8 - 15 (or >40); 4 - 7 if no lap/shoulder belt available $100 + points
North Carolina <7 (and <80) 8 - 15 (or 40 - 80 lbs. in seats w/out shoulder belts) $25 + $188 court costs + points
North Dakota <6 (and <57" or <80 lbs.) 7 - 17; <6 (and >80 and >57"); <6 (and >40) can use lap belt if lap/shoulder belts unavailable $25 + 1 pt.
Northern Mariana Islands <5 (or <70) >5 (or >70) $50 - $250
Ohio <4 (or <40) in child safety seat; 4 - 7 (and >40 and <4'9") in booster seat 8 - 14 $75
Oklahoma <5 6 - 12; >40 lbs. in rear seat can use lap belt if lap/shoulder belt unavailable $50 (up to $207.90 with court costs)
Oregon Child seat required to 40 lbs. or max upper weight limit of seat; rear-facing to 1 yr & 20 lbs; booster seat for children over 40 lbs but < age 8 or < 4'9" tall 8-15 (or >4'9") $110
Pennsylvania <7 Not permissible $75
Puerto Rico <4 in child safety seat; 4 - 8 (or <57") in booster seat; <12 in rear seat >9 (or >57") $100
Rhode Island <7 (and <80 and <57") in rear seat if available <7 (and >80 or >57"); 8 - 17 $85
$40 (for children between 8 -17)
South Carolina <1 (or <20) in rear-facing infant seat; 1 - 5 (and 20 - 39) in forward-facing child safety seat; 1 - 5 (and 40 - 80) in booster seat secured by lap/shoulder belt (lap belt alone is not permissible); <5 in rear seat if available 1 - 5 (and >80) or <5 if child's knees bend over the seat edge when sitting up straight with his/her back firmly against the seat back $150
South Dakota <5 (and <40) 5 - 17 (or >40) $25
Tennessee <1 (or <20) in rear-facing infant seat; 1 - 3 (and >20) in forward-facing infant seat; 4 - 8 (and <4'9") in booster seat; <8 (and <4'9") in rear seat if available; rear seat recommended for 9 - 12 9 - 15 (or <12 and >4'9") $50
Texas <7 (and <57") Not permissible $25
Utah <7 (and <57") 8 - 15 (or >57") $45
Vermont <1 (or <20) in rear-facing infant seat in rear seat unless front passenger airbag is deactivated; 2 - 7 (and >20) 8 - 17 (and >20) $25
Virgin Islands <5 >3 $25 to $250
Virginia <7; children in rear-facing devices must be in a rear seat if available - otherwise, in front only if front passenger airbag is deactivated 8 - 17 (4 - 7 with physician's exemption) $50
Washington <8 (and <4'9"); <13 in rear seat if practical 8 - 15 (or <8 and >4'9"); >40 lbs. in position where only lap belt available $124 to driver if passenger <16; to passenger if >16
West Virginia <7 (and <4'9") <7 (and >4'9) $20
Wisconsin <1 (or <20) in rear-facing infant seat; 1 - 3 (and 20 - 40) in forward-facing child safety seat; 4 - 7 (and 40 - 80 and <57") in booster seat; <3 in rear seat if available <8 (and >80 and >57") $75
Wyoming <8 in rear seat if available Not permissible $50
mjande4
by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

BTW Alabama got cut off, but the first entry in the chart is Alabama and NO it is not law.

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