Connecticut Car Seat Laws


Connecticut Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Connecticut infants from birth to one (1) year of age must be secured in a rear facing infant seat or child safety seat until they reach the age of one (1) and weigh a minimum of twenty (20) pounds.
  • All children must ride in a car seat or booster seat until they reach the age of seven (7) and weigh sixty (60) pounds.
  • Children riding in a booster seat must use the lap and shoulder belt combination.
  • All children and teens must be secured with a seat belt regardless of their seating position in the vehicle.

Rear Facing Car SeatRear Facing Infant Seats

  • Infants must ride in the back seat of the vehicle when using a rear facing car seat.
  • Never place a child in a rear facing seat in the front seat of the vehicle with an active passenger side airbag.
  • Rear facing seats should recline at approximately a 45 degree angle.
  • Harness straps should fit snug with the harness clip at armpit level.
  • Child safety seats should fit with no more than one (1) inch of side to side or front to back movement.

Front Facing Car SeatForward Facing Car Seats

  • Forward facing car seats should be placed in the upright position.
  • Forward facing car seats should fit with no more than one (1) inch of side to side or front to back movement.
  • The back seat is the safest place to put a forward facing car seat.
  • Always follow the car seat manufacturer’s recommendations for height and weight limits.
  • Always follow the car seat manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.

Booster SeatBooster Seats

  • Booster seats are designed to be used with a shoulder and lap belt combination.
  • Booster seats should also be secured in the back seat of the vehicle for maximum safety.
  • Keep your child in a booster seat until they reach the age of seven (7) and weigh sixty (60) pounds.

Other Child Safety Seat Recommendations

  • Infants should be kept in a rear facing position until they reach the age of two (2) if the manufacturer’s weight or height limit for the rear facing seat has not been reached.
  • Children should stay in a car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height recommended by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Children should continue to ride in a booster seat until they can be properly secured in a seat belt.
  • In general, children should continue to ride in the back seat until they reach the age of thirteen (13).

Source Links for this Page

Child Passenger Safety Laws in Connecticut

Safe Kids Connecticut

The Connecticut General Assembly (Text of Law)

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