Wisconsin Car Seat Laws

Wisconsin Car Seat Laws

In the State of Wisconsin children must be properly secured in a child safety seat until they reach the age of four (4).

Children between the ages of four (4) and eight (8) must be secured in a booster seat.

Child Safety Seat 4-Step Progression

Rear Facing Car Seat(1) Children must be placed in the back seat (if one exists) of the vehicle in a rear facing child safety seat if:

  • The child weighs less than twenty (20) pounds.
  • Is less than one (1) year of age.

Forward Facing Car Seat(2) Children must be placed in a forward facing child safety seat in the back seat (if one exists) of the vehicle if:

  • The child is from one (1) to four (4) years of age.
  • The child weighs between twenty (20) and forty (40) pounds

Booster Seat(3) Children must be placed in a Booster Seat if:

    • The child is at least four (4) years of age and less than eight (8) years of age.
    • The child weighs at least forty (40) pounds and less than eighty (80) pounds.
    • The child is less than fifty-seven (57) inches (4 feet, 9 inches) in height

Seat BeltsWisconsin Seat Belt Laws

Children Should Wear a Safety Belt if:

  • The child is fifty-seven (57) inches or taller, or
  • The child weighs eighty (80) pounds or more, or
  • The child is eight (8) years of age or older.

Exceptions to the Wisconsin Car Seat Law

The following conditions may allow an exemption to the Wisconsin car seat law:

  • Body size that makes safety restraints impractical.
  • A medical or physical condition that makes safety restraints unreasonable.

Source Link for this Article

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families