Car Seat Law

3 photographs all illustrating how to properly use a car seat with children.
Is your child riding in the correct car seat for their age, weight and height? As of January 1, 2012, all California children under 8-years-old must ride in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.

Car Seat Law At A Glance
  • Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
  • Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4' 9" in height may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.
  • Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law.