Georgia Child Passenger Safety Law Georgia Child Passenger

Georgia Child Passenger Safety Law Georgia Child Passenger
Georgia
Child Passenger
Safety Law
Car Seat Recommendations
for Children
Birth – 12 months
Your child under age 1 should always ride in
a rear-facing car seat. There are different
types of rear-facing car seats: Infantonly seats can only be used rear-facing.
Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically
have higher height and weight limits for
the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep
your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
1– 3 years
Keep your child rear-facing as long as
possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her
safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing
car seat until he or she reaches the top
height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s
manufacturer. Once your child outgrows
the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready
to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a
harness.
4–7 years
Georgia Governor’s Office
of Highway Safety
VISIT OUR WEBSITE
www.gahighwaysafety.org
O R CO N TAC T U S AT:
7 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
Suite 643
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404-656-6996
Outside Atlanta: 1-888-420-0767
Fax: 404-651-9107
Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat
with a harness until he or she reaches the
top height or weight limit allowed by your
car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child
outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a
harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat,
but still in the back seat.
What You
Need to Know
8 –12 years
Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she
is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For
a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must
lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the
stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug
across the shoulder and chest and not cross
the neck or face. Remember: your child
should still ride in the back seat because
it’s safer there.
Photos courtesy of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute
11/2015
www.gahighwaysafety.org
Georgia Child Passenger Safety Law...What You Need To Know
EXEMPTIONS:
● Children under age 8 whose height is over
4’9” or 57”
● The child’s parent or guardian has a written
statement from a Physician that the child has
a physical or medical condition that prevents
placing or restraining them as required by law.
Parent or guardian should keep this statement
in their possession.
EXCEPTIONS:
A child under age 8 and weighing at least 40 pounds
is not exempt from the law. They may use a lap belt
only instead of a car seat or booster seat when:
● The vehicle is not equipped with lap & shoulder
belts; or
GEORGIA CHILD PASSENGER
SAFETY LAW (CODE 40-8-76)
Children under age 8 must be properly secured
in an approved car seat or booster seat while
riding in:
■
Passenger automobiles, vans, and pickup
trucks
■
Exemptions – taxicabs and public transit
vehicles
The car seat and/or booster seat must:
■
Be in the rear seat
■
Be appropriate for the child’s weight &
height
■
Meet all U.S. Federal standards
■
Be installed and used according to the
manufacturer’s instructions
● Excluding the driver’s seat, all seating positions
with lap & shoulder belts are being used
to restrain other children. In this case, the
placement of car seats / boosters seats should
be evaluated to determine if they can be
repositioned to provide the best protection for
all children being transported.
FINES:
1st conviction – not
more than $50. 2nd
and subsequent
convictions – not
more than $100
Points assessed
against violator’s
driver’s license:
1st conviction – 1
point, 2nd and
subsequent
convictions – 2
points
BEST PRACTICE
RECOMMENDATIONS
✓ Always read and follow child restraint
instructions for proper use of the child
restraint system as well as the vehicle
owner’s manual.
✓ Child restraints should be installed with
no more than one inch of movement
from side-to-side or front-to-back
(tested at the belt path).
✓ Rear-facing child restraints should never
be placed in front of an active airbag.
✓ Children should remain rear-facing
until they reach the upper weight limit
or height allowed by the seat.
✓ Children should remain in a booster
seat until the safety belt fits them
correctly across the hips and collar
bone.
✓ Children age twelve (12) and under
should ride in the back seat of the
vehicle whenever possible. The back
seat is the safest position for children.
✓ Expectant mothers should always wear
their safety belt.
ALWAYS BUCKLE UP! CHILD RESTRAINTS AND SAFETY BELTS SAVE LIVES!
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