Nebraska Car Seat Laws
- In the State of Nebraska all children under the age of six (6) must be secured in a federally approved child safety seat.
- Children six (6) up to eighteen (18) years of age must be restrained in a safety belt or child safety seat.
- Children up to eighteen (18) years of age are prohibited from riding in cargo areas.
- Childcare providers in the State of Nebraska must transport all children in an appropriate safety seat or safety belt.
- All drivers and front seat passengers are required to use a safety belt or child safety seat.
- If the driver of the vehicle holds a provisional operators permit or a school permit all passengers regardless of seating position must be secured with a safety belt or child safety seat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
More Child Safety Seat Recommendations
- Always follow the car seat manufacturer’s directions for weight limits and installation.
- Never place a rear facing infant seat in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger side airbag.
- All children under the age of twelve (12) should be secured in the back seat of the vehicle if possible.
Source Links for this Page