Nebraska Car Seat Laws


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.

NHTSA Recommendations

Rear Facing Car SeatFrom Birth to Twelve (12) Months of Age

  • 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.

Forward Facing Car SeatRear Facing Car SeatFrom One (1) to Three (3) Years of Age

  • 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.

Forward Facing Car SeatFrom Four (4) to Seven (7) Years of Age

  • 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.

From Eight (8) to Twelve (12) Years of Age

  • 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

Nebraska Office of Highway Safety

Nebraska Department of Roads

National Highway Traffic Safety Association Car Seat Recommendations