New Mexico Car Seat Laws


New Mexico Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of New Mexico all children must remain in a federally approved rear facing child safety seat or infant seat in the back seat of the vehicle (if possible) until they reach the age of one (1) and weigh twenty (20) pounds.
  • Children under the age of five (5), regardless of weight and children weighing under forty (40) pounds regardless of age must be secured in a federally approved car seat or booster seat.
  • Children five (5) to six (6) years of age regardless of weight, and all children weighing less than sixty (60) pounds, regardless of age must be secured in a booster seat or other federally approved child restraint system.
  • Children twelve (12) years of age or younger must be secured in a car seat, booster seat or a properly fitting adult seat belt.

Seat Belt Fit

  • A seat belt fits a child properly when the child is able to sit in the seat with his back against the seat with knees bending naturally at the seat edge.
  • The lap belt should fit across the thighs not the stomach.
  • The shoulder belt should fit across the chest, not the neck.

Car Seat and Seat Belt Safety

  • Never place a child that is secured in a rear facing seat in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger side air bag.
  • Booster Seats are designed to be used with a lap and shoulder belt, never secure a booster seat with only a lap belt.
  • Children are safest when riding in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance of child safety seats and booster seats.

New Mexico Seat Belt Laws

  • In the State of New Mexico all drivers and passengers must be restrained with a seat belt regardless of their seating position in the vehicle.
  • The fine for a violation of the New Mexico Seat Belt Law is $25.
  • The Driver License Points on the violator’s license is two (2).

Source Links for this Page

State of New Mexico Safety Belt Law

Safe New Mexico – New Mexico Child Restraint Act