Tennessee Car Seat Laws


Tennessee Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Tennessee all children under the age of sixteen (16) must be restrained with an age appropriate, federally approved child passenger restraint system or a vehicle safety belt system.

Rear Facing Car SeatRear Facing Infant Seat

  • Rear facing infant seats must meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.
  • Children under the age of one (1) or weighing twenty (20) pounds or less must be properly restrained in a child passenger restraint system in the rear facing position in the back seat of the vehicle if one is available.
  • If the child’s car seat is a convertible car seat or another type of child safety seat that has a higher rear facing weight limit, the child may continue to be secured in the rear facing position as long as the child’s weight permits.
  • Please follow manufacturer’s directions for height and weight limits of convertible or other child safety seats.

Front Facing Car SeatForward Facing Car Seat

  • Forward Facing Car Seats must meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.
  • Children one (1) through three (3) years of age and weighing more than twenty (20) pounds must be secured in a forward facing car seat in the back seat of the vehicle if a back seat is available.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and weight limits of your child safety seat.

Booster SeatBooster Seats

  • Booster seats must meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.
  • Children four (4) through eight (8) years of age and under four-feet, nine inches (4’9”) in height must be secured with a belt positioning booster seat system.
  • It is safest for a child in a booster seat to remain in the back seat of the vehicle.

Seat BeltsSafety Belts

  • Safety belts must meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.
  • Children nine (9) through twelve (12) that measure four-feet, nine inches (4’9”) in height must be secured with a seat belt system.
  • Any child, regardless of age that is four-feet, nine inches (4’9”) in height must be secured with a seat belt system.
  • Children thirteen (13) through fifteen (15) years of age must be restrained by using a passenger restraint system or safety belts.
  • Children using safety belts are also safest in the rear seat of the vehicle if one is available.

Other Tennessee Car Seat Law Information

  • Children with medical issues that may prevent standard safety techniques from being used must carry a Doctor’s prescription for medically prescribed modified child restraint.
  • The driver of the vehicle is legally responsible for properly securing passengers under the age of sixteen (16).
  • The fine for a violation of the Tennessee Car Seat Law is $50.
  • A driver may be detained if an officer of the law observes violations of the Tennessee Car Seat Law.

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