In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 15-21), we want to inform you on Indiana’s laws concerning infant and booster seats. There’s never been a better time to get up to speed on what’s required in our state.
All 50 states have child seat laws, but these laws differ from state to state. What they have in common is that these laws require children to travel in approved child restraint devices, and require older children to use adult safety belts.
- Children under the age of one and who weigh less than 20 lbs must be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. Many newer seats will restrain a child rear-facing up to 30-35 lbs.
- Children that are at least one and who weigh 20 lbs may be restrained in a forward-facing child safety seat with an internal harness system.
- Children who weigh at least 30 lbs may use a booster seat, but Indiana troopers encourage parents to keep their children restrained in a forward-facing seat until at least 40 lbs.
- Indiana law requires all children under the age of eight to use a child restraint system in accordance with the child restraint system manufacturer’s instructions, which are based upon the child’s height and weight.
According to the Indiana state government, approximately 85% of safety seats are misused nationally. It’s important to both use a child restraint system and know how to install it correctly according to the instructions included with it.
Did you purchase a new child restraint device and you’re not sure if it’s installed correctly? Most fire departments will check to make sure the device is installed correctly. Most AAA locations offer the same service. Remember that after installation, the seat should not move forward or side to side more than one inch. Be sure your child restraint device is installed properly for the safety of your child.