Indiana Car Seat Laws

Indiana Car Seat Laws

In the State of Indiana all children under the age of eight (8) must be secured in a child safety seat that meets federal safety standards.

In addition, all children between eight (8) and sixteen (16) years of age must be restrained in a child restraint system or a vehicle seat belt.

If the child is using a safety seat or system they must be secured in accordance with the manufactures recommendations.

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Indiana Car Seat Law Exceptions


If the child weighs more than 40 pounds, they may be secured and fastened by a lap safety belt under the following circumstances:

  • The vehicle is not equipped with a lap and shoulder belt system.
  • The child is not sitting in the operator or front passenger seat.
  • All of the lap and shoulder belts in the vehicle are being used by other children under the age of sixteen (16).

Medical Car Seat Law Exceptions

If the child has a medical condition, including a physical deformity or physical condition that makes placing the child in a safety restraint system impractical.

However the driver must carry a certificate from a physician or nurse verifying this medical condition.

Indiana Car and Booster Seat Recommendations

  • All children under the age of thirteen (13) should ride in the rear seat of the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle doesn’t have a back seat, turn off the airbag and move the front seat back as far as it can go.
  • From birth to the age of one (1) infants under twenty (20) pounds should be in a rear facing car seat.
  • Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions when installing  a child safety seat.
  • Make sure that seats and straps are snug and that the car safety seat cannot move more than one (1) inch in any direction.

Source Documents for this Article

State of Indiana Website –  Car Seat Safety
State of Indiana Website – Child Passenger Safety
State of Indiana Legislative Website - Passenger Restraint Systems for Children