Louisiana Car Seat Laws

Louisiana Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Louisiana children under the age of six (6) or less than sixty (60) pounds in weight must be secured with an age appropriate booster seat or child restraint system in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Children from six (6) to twelve (12) years of age must be secured with a lap belt or an age appropriate child safety seat or booster seat.
  • Children under the age of six (6) or under sixty (60) pounds in weight being transported in a vehicle with a front passenger side airbag that is activated must be secured in the back seat of the vehicle, if back seats are available.

Rear Facing Car SeatRear Facing Car Seats

  • Children under the age of one (1) or less than twenty (20) pounds in weight must be secured in a rear facing infant seat or child safety seat.

Front Facing Car SeatForward Facing Car Seats

  • Children from one (1) to four (4) years or children who weigh from twenty (20) to forty (40) pounds must be secured in a forward facing child safety seat.

Booster SeatBooster Seats

    • Children from four (4) to six (6) years of age who weigh from forty (40) to sixty (60) pounds must be secured in a child booster seat.
  • A booster seat is designed to be used with a lap and shoulder belt system, if the child weighs above forty (40) pounds and the vehicle does not have a lap and shoulder belt system the child may be secured by a lap belt only.

Seat BeltsSafety Belt

  • Children six (6) years of age or a child weighing over sixty (60) pounds may be secured with a vehicle safety belt.
  • Children that fall into more than one category should be secured in the most protective category.

Exceptions to the Louisiana Car Seat Law

  • Bicycles, Farm Tractor, Motorcycle, school bus, church bus, private bus, Recreational vehicles with a passenger capacity of over ten (10) occupants, ambulance, emergency vehicles, Trucks with a carrying capacity of over two-thousand (2000) pounds.
  • If the number of children in the vehicle under the age of thirteen (13) are greater than the number of child safety restraints and safety belts available, the unrestrained children may be seated in the back seat of the vehicle if a back seat exists.
  • Medical circumstances that make restraining a child impractical or medically unfeasible.

Source Links for this Page

Louisiana Highway Safety Commission

State of Louisiana Legislative Website