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.
- 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.
- 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 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).
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