Kentucky Car Seat Laws


Kentucky Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Kentucky all children under forty (40) inches tall must be secured in a child seat or an infant seat.
  • Children under the age of seven (7) that are between forty (40) and fifty (50) inches tall must be secured in a booster seat.
  • Children seven (7) years of age and over fifty (50) inches tall must be restrained with a seat belt.

Rear Facing Car SeatRear Facing Convertible Infant Seat

  • Rear Facing Convertible Infant Seats can be use from birth to twenty (20) pounds and less than twenty-six (26) inches.
  • Some Rear Facing Convertible Car Seats are rated from thirty (30) to thirty-five (35) pounds allowing children to stay in the rear facing position for a longer period of time.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for weight and height limits for your car seat.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation of your car seat.
  • Never place a child in a rear facing seat in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger side airbag.

Front Facing Car SeatForward Facing Convertible Car Seats

  • Never place a child in a forward facing car seat until they reach a minimum weight of twenty (20) pounds and are one (1) year of age.
  • Forward facing car seats can be use when children are over one (1) year of age and weigh from twenty (20) to forty (40) pounds.
  • Forward facing car seats should be adjusted to the upright position.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for weight and height limits for your car seat.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation of your car seat.

Front Facing Car SeatBooster SeatToddler Seats and Belt Positioning Booster Seats

  • Toddler Seats and Booster seats may be used for children over one (1) year of age and twenty (20) pounds.
  • The Harness strap should be used until the child reaches forty (40) pounds.
  • Booster Seats are designed to be used with a lap and shoulder belt combination.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for weight and height limits for your booster seat.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation of your booster seat.

Booster SeatChildren should remain in a booster seat if:

  • The shoulder belt crosses the child’s face or neck.
  • The lap belt rides up the child’s stomach.
  • Your child’s legs do not bend naturally over the seat edge when their back is against the seat.

Seat BeltsSeat Belts

  • Seat belts can be used by children that are a minimum of four-feet, six –inches (4’6”) tall and eighty (80) pounds.
  • The lap portion of the belt should fit across the upper thigh of the child.
  • The shoulder portion of the belt should cross over the shoulder and chest not the face or neck.

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Kentucky State Police

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet