West Virginia Car Seat Laws
- In the State of West Virginia children under the age of eight (8) must be secured with a federally approved child passenger safety device system.
- Children that are eight (8) years of age and a minimum of four-feet, nine-inches (4’ 9”) in height may be secured with a safety belt.
- The West Virginia Child Passenger Safety Law is a primary enforcement law, which means a driver may be detained by a law enforcement officer if he suspects a child is not properly restrained in a vehicle.
West Virginia Seat Belt Law
- All vehicle occupants from nine (9) to seventeen (17) years of age must use a safety belt regardless of their seating position in a vehicle.
- All vehicle occupants nine (9) years of age and older occupying the front seat of a vehicle must use a safety belt.
- The West Virginia Seat Belt Law is a secondary enforcement law, meaning a driver must be detained for another offense before being cited for not wearing a safety belt.
- The fine for a violation of the West Virginia Seat Belt Law is $25.
Car Seat Safety Recommendations
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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