Florida Car Seat Laws

Florida Car Seat Laws

In the State of Florida all children under the age of five (5) years old must be properly restrained regardless of where they are sitting in the vehicle.

Rear Facing Car SeatInfant Car Seats

From birth to one (1) year old, infants must be secured in a rear-facing car safety seat until they are a minimum of one (1) year of age and weigh a minimum of twenty (20) pounds.

It is important to remember to never place a child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle that is equipped with a passenger air bag.
It is always safest to place child car seats in the back seat of the automobile.

Rear Facing Car SeatRear Facing Car Seats

Children younger than four (4) years of age must be secured in a child safety seat (separate carrier) or a children’s safety seat that has been integrated into the automobile by the manufacturer of the motor vehicle.

Forward Facing Car SeatFront Facing Car Seats

Children from four (4) to five (5) years of age must be secured in a separate carrier or an integrated child safety seat. Children from four (4) to five (5) years of age may use a safety belt if the belt fits the child correctly.

If the seat belt does not fit the child correctly a booster seat may be used to position the lap and shoulder belt in the correct position.

Booster SeatBooster Seat Requirements

Booster seats may also be used after the child outgrows the forward-facing child safety seats.

Typically a child riding in a booster seat will weigh from forty (40) to eighty (80) pounds and be less than four (4) feet nine (9) inches (4’9”) in height.

Florida Car Seat Fine

If a driver is cited for a violation of the Florida Car Seat Law the fine is sixty dollars ($60) and three (3) points on the State of Florida Driving Record.

Source Document for this Car Seat Article

Broward County Florida Sheriff’s Office