Rhode Island Car Seat Laws

Rhode Island Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Rhode Island all children under the age of eight (8) years of age, less than four-feet, nine-inches (4’ 9”) tall and weighing less than eighty (80) pounds must be secured in the back seat of the vehicle with a child restraint system.
  • Child passengers eight (8) through twelve (12) years of age must be secured with a vehicle safety belt regardless of seating position in the vehicle.
  • All passengers thirteen (13) years of age or older must be properly restrained with a vehicle safety belt regardless of seating position in the vehicle.
  • The driver of a vehicle must be properly secured with a vehicle safety belt.

Violations of the Rhode Island Car Seat Law or Seat Belt Law

  • The driver of the vehicle is responsible for assuring that all passengers are properly restrained in the vehicle.
  • The fine for a violation of this law is $85.
  • Violations involving child restraint systems require an appearance in court.

Exceptions to the Rhode Island Car Seat Law

  • If there is not a back seat in the vehicle children under the age of eight (8) are exempt from being placed there.
  • If all rear seating positions are occupied by other children, passengers under the age of eight (8) are exempt from being placed there.


Car Seat Recommendations for Age, Weight and Height

Source Links for this Page

Rhode Island Department of Transportation

State of Rhode Island Child Restraint and Seat Belt Laws

Rhode Island Primary Offense Press Release