Oregon Car Seat Laws

Forward Facing Car SeatOregon Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Oregon all children under the age of eight (8) or under four (4) feet, nine (9) inches in height must be secured in a child safety seat or a booster seat.
  • The booster seat requirement does not apply if the vehicle is not equipped with a lap and shoulder belt system as long as the child is secured with the lap belt.
  • From birth to one (1) year of age, infants must be secured in a rear facing child safety seat until they are twenty (20) pounds and one (1) year of age.
  • All children over one (1) year of age, weighing between twenty (20) and forty (40) pounds must be secured with a forward facing child safety seat up to forty (40) pounds or the limit of the child safety seat.
  • Children over eight (8) years of age or over four (4) feet, nine (9) inches in height must be properly restrained with a safety belt system.

Fines for Violation of the Oregon Car Seat Law

    • Failing to use child restraints or safety belts is a class D traffic infraction that will bring a fine of $142.

  • Allowing children to ride in the open bed of a pickup truck is a class B traffic infraction that will bring a fine of $242

Booster SeatCar Seat Best Practices

  • Children should ride in a rear facing child safety seat until they reach the manufacturers upper height or weight limit of the seat.
  • Always follow the manufactures instructions for installation and maintenance of child safety seats and booster seats.
  • All children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • Never place a rear facing child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle with an active front airbag.

Source Links for this Page

Oregon Child Occupant Protection Law

Oregon Health Authority