Arkansas Car Seat Laws

Arkansas Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Arkansas children under the age of six (6) or up to sixty (60) pounds in weight must be secured in a child safety seat or booster seat.

Specific Safety Recommendations

  • Children should remain in a belt positioning booster seat until they reach the age of eight (8) or the height of four-feet, nine inches (4’9”) tall.

  • The back seat of the vehicle is the safest place in the vehicle for a child.
  • Never place a rear facing infant car seat in the front seat of a passenger vehicle with an active passenger side airbag.

Car Seat Progression


Rear Facing Car SeatInfants – Rear Facing Car Seat

  • Children up to one (1) year of age or up to twenty (20) pounds should be secured in a rear facing infant seat or car seat in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • Harness straps should be snug and straight and the chest clip should be at armpit level.
  • Please follow manufacturer’s directions for the installation and maintenance of an infant car seat.
  • Never use a car seat in the front seat where an active airbag is present.

Front Facing Car SeatToddlers – Forward Facing Car Seats

  • Children up to four (4) years of age or up to forty (40) pounds should be secured in a forward facing car seat with harness straps that come through the slots at or above shoulder level.
  • Straps should fit comfortably and should not have room for more than one finger fit between the strap and the child’s collar bone.
  • The chest clip should be positioned at armpit level.
  • Always follow manufacturer’s directions for the installation and maintenance of an forward facing car seat.

Booster SeatBooster Seats

  • Children should be placed in a booster seat until the age of eight (8) or until they reach the height of four-feet, nine-inches (4’9”) tall.
  • Booster seats are designed to be used with a lap and shoulder belt combination.
  • Never place the shoulder strap behind the back or under the arm of a child.
  • The lap belt should be snug on the upper thigh and the shoulder belt should cross the chest, not the neck.

Seat BeltsSeat Belts

  • Children eight (8) years old or older should always wear a lap and shoulder belt.
  • The shoulder belt should never be placed behind the child or under the arm.
  • Even at this age a child is always safest in the back seat of the vehicle.

Source Links for this Page

Arkansas Human Services Car Safety

Arkansas Driver License Study Guide