Alabama Car Seat Laws

Alabama Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Alabama children must be secured in an age appropriate restraint until the age of fifteen (15).

Rear Facing Car SeatRear Facing Infant Seat

  • Infants up to one (1) year of age or up to twenty (20) pounds in weight must be secured with a rear facing infant car seat or a convertible car seat in the rear facing position.

Front Facing Car SeatForward Facing Car Seat

  • Children from one (1) to five (5) years of age or from twenty (20) to forty (40) pounds must be secured in a forward facing convertible car seat or forward facing car seat.

Booster SeatBooster Seat

    • Children from five (5) to six (6) years of age or forty (40) pounds must be secured with a Booster Seat.


Seat BeltsSafety Belt

  • Children from six (6) to fifteen (15) years of age must be restrained with a vehicle safety belt.

Alabama Seat Belt Law


  • Front seat occupants of a passenger vehicle manufactured with safety belts must be restrained with a properly fastened safety belt.
  • The fine for a violation of the Alabama Seat Belt Law is $25.

Car Seat Safety Recommendations

  • The back seat of a vehicle is the safest place for a child in a moving vehicle.
  • Never use a rear facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger side air bag.
  • Booster Seats are made to be used with a lap and shoulder belt combination.
  • Shoulder belts should never be placed behind a child’s back or under his arm.
  • Children can use a lap and shoulder belt when they are four-feet, nine inches (4’9”) in height.

Source Links for this Page

Alabama Booster Seat Brochure

State of Alabama Child Restraint Law

Alabama Department of Public Safety

Alabama Department of Public Health