Hawaii Car Seat Laws

Hawaii Car Seat Laws

    • In the State of Hawaii all children under the age of four (4) must ride in a child safety seat while traveling in a motor vehicle.
    • Children from four (4) to seven (7) years of age must ride in a child safety seat or a booster seat while traveling in a motor vehicle.
    • The fine for a violation of the Hawaii Car Seat Law is between $100 and $500.

Exemptions to the Hawaii Car Seat Law

  • Children that are taller than four-feet, nine-inches (4’ 9”).
  • Children that weigh more than eighty (80) pounds.
  • The vehicle has lap-only belts in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • *NOTE: Never use a booster seat with a lap-only seat belt.

Child Safety Seat Recommendations

Rear Facing Car SeatFrom Birth to Twelve (12) Months of Age

  • Children under the age of one (1) should always be placed in a rear facing car seat when travelling in a vehicle.
  • If you use a Convertible or 3-in-1 car seat you may be able to keep the child rear-facing for a longer period of time since many of these seats often have higher weight and height limits.
  • Infant-Only car seats are usually designed to be rear facing only therefore limiting the product usability.

Forward Facing Car SeatRear Facing Car SeatFrom One (1) to Three (3) Years of Age

 

  • Again, the best way to keep a child safe is to keep them in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible.
  • Knowing the manufacturer’s height and weight limit of your rear-facing car seat will help you to determine if your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat.

Forward Facing Car SeatFrom Four (4) to Seven (7) Years of Age

  • This is the typical age range for children to ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
  • These seats should be placed in the back seat as well.
  • Again it is important to understand the manufactures recommend height and weight limit and making the decision to place your child in booster seat.

From Eight (8) to Twelve (12) Years of Age

  • Children should remain in a booster seat in the back seat of the vehicle until they safely fit into a seat belt.
  • This means the seat belt should fit across the upper thighs snug.
  • In addition the shoulder belt should fit snug across the chest and shoulder and not across the face or neck.
  • As a reminder it is still safer to keep your child riding in the rear seat.

Hawaii Seat Belt Laws

  • In the State of Hawaii all front seat occupants and back seat passengers under the age of eighteen (18) must be restrained with a vehicle seat belt.
  • Children from birth to eight (8) years of age must ride either in a child safety seat or a booster seat.
  • The penalty for a violation of the Hawaii Seat Belt Law is a four (4) hour class and a fine between $100 and $500.

Source Links for this Page

Hawaii Department of Transportation – Booster Seat Law

Hawaii Department of Transportation – Child Passenger Safety

State of Hawaii Click-it or Ticket

NHTSA – Four Step Flyer