| The U.S. State
Governments and Canadian Government have written car seat regulations and laws. As a
service to you, Inventive Parent offers the following
information. This should in no way be construed as offering legal advice, but
rather a presentation of material collected from various official web sites.
The most common questions we receive at Inventive Parent are, 1) When can my baby's rear-facing car seat face forward? and 2) Does my child need to be in a car seat?
Read the article from our Newsletter on Babies in Rear-Facing Car Seats for more information, including why they face the rear and when to turn them around!
For further information, please contact your local officials or your pediatrician.
We are often asked if, when traveling, you must adhere to the regulations of
the state you are driving in or follow your home state's regulations.
As with all traffic laws, you must follow the laws of the road -- the road
you are driving on at the time, not the laws of the state you originated in,
or are licensed by.
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Please use this map as a quick guide
| Remember, it is not just the law, but a way to
help prevent accidental injury or death when your children are riding in a vehicle. These laws are the minimum requirements.
Children are safer riding in booster seats through 80
pounds than using the vehicle's seats and restraint systems designed for
Many states are seeking to change their laws to require children stay in restraints through 8 years and 80 pounds. You can compare this 2003 map to see what has happened in 3 short years.
Read and follow the manufacturers instructions to insure proper installation and use of your car seat.
Please consider using car seats when traveling by air or train as well.
We try to keep this information as current as possible. If you have additional information on your state's child restraint regulations, please contact us.
Follow these links to Car Seat Laws for: