Iowa Car Seat Laws

Iowa Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Iowa children under the age of one (1) and weighing under twenty (20) pounds must be restrained in a rear facing child seat.
  • Children under the age of six (6) must be secured with a child restraint system such as a booster seat or a properly fitting child safety seat.
  • Children from six (6) years of age up to the age of eleven (11) must be restrained with either a vehicle safety belt or a properly fitting child restraint system.
  • A child restraint system includes a belt positioning booster seat or a  belt positioning vehicle seat that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Iowa Seat Belt Law

    • In the State of Iowa all drivers and front seat passengers above six (6) years of age must use a vehicle safety belt.
    • Children under the age of six (6) are covered by the Iowa Child Safety Seat Law.

Exceptions to the Iowa Seat Belt Law

  • Vehicles built before 1966
  • Bus Passengers
  • Emergency Vehicle Front Seat Occupants Except the Driver
  • Rural letter carriers while delivering mail
  • A Medical Certificate stating the reasons why a safety belt cannot be used
  • Vehicles in which the driver or passenger’s job involves getting in and out of a vehicle frequently and the vehicle does not travel over twenty-five (25) miles per hour.

Violations of Child Safety Seat Law and Safety Belt Law

Car Seat Law

  • The fine for a violation of the Iowa Car Seat Law is $25 plus court costs and the driver is charged with a moving violation.
  • The fine may be waived if the driver proves that they have acquired an adequate Child Safety Seat.

Safety Belt Law

  • The fine for a violation of the Iowa Safety Belt Law is also $25 and will likely be $35 when the court cost fees are added.

Source Link for this Article

Iowa Department of Transportation