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Vehicle Safety

Seatbelts are Required

In the United States, everyone riding in a vehicle is required to wear a seatbelt. You can receive a ticket if one of your passengers is not wearing a seatbelt.

A driver must make sure that everyone under the age of 18 is wearing a seatbelt or sitting in the proper car seat or booster seat. Riders who are under 18 and have a driver's license or beginner's permit are responsible for their own conduct. 

Child Car Seat Laws

In the United States, children under the age of six who are in any vehicle (car, truck, etc.) need to be properly restrained by an approved child safety seat.  The type of car seat you have for your children is based on their age and weight:

  • Children under the age of one year or weighing less than 20 pounds (9.09 kilos) must be in a rear-facing child (infant) seat.
  • Children between the ages of one and five, weighing between 20 and 40 pounds (9.09 to 18.18 kilos), must be in a forward-facing child safety seat.
  • Children between the ages of one and five, weighing 40 to 80 pounds (18.18 to 36.36 kilos), must be in a belt-positioning booster seat.
  • Regardless of age, children weighing over 80 pounds (36.36 kilos) or those who can sit erect against the car seat and bend their legs over the seat's edge are not required to be in a booster seat.

In general, children under six years old cannot ride in the front seat. But, this law is not enforced if the vehicle doesn't have a back seat, or if the back seat is occupied by other children under the age of six.

  • If you have any questions about buying a car seat for your children, come speak to Julia Ferillo in EPI Student Services. They can help you to select the proper child seat.