5 Things About Child Seat Regulations in Massachusetts


Things you should know when travelling  with Kids in a Vehicle in Massachusetts.

Children in vehicles must use an approved child restraint until  age 8 or 57 inches tall, fastened  per manufacturer's instructions

Massachusetts Department of Public Safety

Children must remain in rear-facing car seats until they are at least 2 years old or reach the minimum weight and height limits set by the car seat manufacturer. 

Rear-Facing Seats

Children who have outgrown their rear-facing car seat by height and weight should use a forward-facing car seat with harness within manufacturer's height & weight limits

Forward-Facing Seats

Once a child outgrows their forward-facing car seat with a harness, they should use a booster seat until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall.

Booster Seats

When using a booster seat, the child's lap belt should be snug across their hips and the shoulder belt should be across their chest, not their neck.

Seat Belt

(a) Make sure the car seat is appropriate for your child's age, weight, and height. (b) Replace your car seat every 6 years, even if it has not been in a crash.

How to use Child Seats correctly?

(c)Read the car seat manual carefully and follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation and use. (d)Register your car seat with the manufacturer so you can be notified of any recalls. (e) Inspect your car seat regularly for damage or wear and tear.