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Since I’m a mom of 3 heavenly kids (only when they sleep) and we’re traveling a ton, I have no choice but to learn all the car seat laws. Luckily my paralegal background helps me out by understanding complex lawyer-speak, and I can break it down to you.

For this reason, I’ve created this article to help out fellow parents. Best of all, I will only be using simple and actionable language, so you don’t have to use a dictionary to look up fancy words.

Now you might be interested in only a few key questions no problem, I have already answered the most important ones below, such as do you need a car seat in a taxi? Or what is the booster seat law, or when can a child legally sit in the front. Scroll, and you will find it.

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What Will I Learn?

  • What are the Virginia Car Seat Laws?
    • Virginia Booster Seat Laws
    • Virginia Rear-facing Car Seat Laws
    • Virginia Forward-facing Car Seat Laws
    • Virginia Taxi Car Seat Laws
    • When Can My Child Sit in the Front Seat in Virginia?
    • Virginia Car Seat Laws at a Glance
      • Seat Belt Law
    • What is the law concerning Leaving kids in the Car in Virginia?
    • Is it Illegal to Smoke in a Car with a Child in Virginia?
    • Conclusions on Virginia Car Seat Laws
    • If you’re going to Maryland here’s what you need to know about car seat laws?
    • Frequently Asked Questions:
      • What is the age and weight of a booster seat in Virginia?
      • How old does a child have to be to sit in the front seat in Virginia?
      • When can babies face forward in 2021?
      • Who is a child passenger safety technician and what can they do?
      • What does the virginia law says about front passenger seat use by kids?

By reading this article you agree that it’s for informational purposes and I can’t be held liable for the best advice ask the appropriate person.

Virginia Booster Seat Laws

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There’s no specific booster seat law for the state of Virginia; however, the blanket law states that kids under the age of 8 have to be secured in an appropriate car seat.

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So after your child has outgrown their forward-facing car seat, typically around 4, they can use a booster seat until the age of 8.

Virginia Rear-facing Car Seat Laws

According to the law, all kids under the age of 2 have to be secured rear-facing until they reach the maximum weight and height requirements of the manufacturer.

Virginia Forward-facing Car Seat Laws

Again it’s a blanket law, so we can conclude that when kids outgrow their rear-facing car seat, they can be upgraded into a forward-facing car seat.

This typically happens around the age of 2. This seat should be used until they reach the maximum weight and height limits stated by the manufacturer.

Virginia Taxi Car Seat Laws

In the state of Virginia, taxis are exempt from the car seat laws mentioned above. This means that you have to bring your car seat to protect your child during short trips.

When Can My Child Sit in the Front Seat in Virginia?

According to the law, kids above the age of 8 can sit in the front if secured with a seat belt. However, I highly agree with experts who say that only kids above the age of 13 should sit in the front.

Rear-facing car seats can’t be installed in the front seat. However, if there’s no back seat, then they are permitted if the airbags are disabled.

Virginia Car Seat Laws at a Glance

Here you can find the entire law in one place:

Car Seat Law (Code of Virginia Article 13 – Section 46.2)

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Law: According to the law, kids under the age of 8 have to be secured the following way:

  • If your child is under the age of 2 or didn’t reach the maximum weight and height limits stated by the manufacturer, then they have to use a rear-facing car seat.
  • If your child is between 8 and 18, they must be secured by the seat belt.
  • All safety seats have to be used properly, and only FMVSS 213 approved seats should be used.
  • Kids can’t ride in the cargo area unsecured.

Location in car: According to the law, rear-facing car seats have to be installed in the back seat if there’s one. If there isn’t, then the airbag has to be deactivated.

Taxi: Taxis are exempt from the car seat laws mentioned above.

RideSafer legal: Yes. The Ride Safer travel vest qualifies for children who are at least age 3 and 30 pounds.

Fines: $50

Seat Belt Law

  • Law: According to the law, all front occupants must wear a seat belt.
  • Fine: $25
  • RVs: The RV law follows the general car seat law meaning all front occupants have to wear the seat belt, and for kids, car seat laws apply.

What is the law concerning Leaving kids in the Car in Virginia?

Currently, no laws would prohibit leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. To be on the safe side, you should have a 12-year-old in the vehicle if you can’t take your little one with you.

Is it Illegal to Smoke in a Car with a Child in Virginia?

According to the law, it’s illegal to smoke in a vehicle if a child under the age of 15 present. Either way, secondhand smoke is a known disease agent.

Conclusions on Virginia Car Seat Laws

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I hope you have found everything that you’ve been looking for. Just in case I have missed something, let me know, and I will do my best to help you.

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If you’re going to Maryland here’s what you need to know about car seat laws?

There are looser and stricter states when it comes to keep kids safe on the road. No matter your preferences here you can find the latest Maryland car seat laws explained in simple English.

Related state: Booster seat requirements WV

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the age and weight of a booster seat in Virginia?

For the state of Virginia, the booster seat age and the weight limits are as follows. The minimum requirements are 40 pounds and 4 years of age. The maximum amount depends on brand and model, and it can be anywhere from 80 to 100 pounds. Typically booster seats are not needed after 57 inches in height.

How old does a child have to be to sit in the front seat in Virginia?

Eight years old is the age when a child can sit legally in the front in the state of Virginia.

When can babies face forward in 2021?

Babies can face forward when they weigh more than 20 pounds, and this can happen between ages 1 and 4.

Who is a child passenger safety technician and what can they do?

A child passenger safety technician is a certified professional who can help you choose the right car seats or child restraint system let it be convertible car seat or booster seats. Aslo they can explain virginia law (virginia car seat law) in advance. Plus they can help you to get the perfect install for any child restraint system (child restraint device) or child safety seat since car seat safety is very important they can help. Best of all they can advise you when you can leave the child safety seat behind and use a child restraint device such as seat belts according to virginia law.

What does the virginia law says about front passenger seat use by kids?

There’s only one mentioning in the virginia law which is kid under 2 years old have to be secured on the back seat. There are no other specifications beyond that. Other states recommend that kids over 13 years old should sit in the front which means all those who use a child restraint device such as seat belts.

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FAQs

What is the car seat law in Virginia? ›

Virginia Law requires that all children age 7 years and younger to be properly secured in a child safety seat or booster seat. There is no height or weight requirement.

What age can a child sit in the front seat in Virginia? ›

As a rule of thumb, children under age 12 should ride properly restrained in the center of the back seat.

When can a child get out of a booster seat in Virginia? ›

A child should remain in the booster seat until he/she is at least 8 years of age and 4 feet 9 inches tall. The booster seat requires the use of a lap/shoulder belt and boosts the child to better fit the vehicle seat belt system.

What state has the strictest car seat laws? ›

Tennessee and Wyoming have the strictest laws, requiring booster seats through age 8. A dozen states require their use only though age 5. There are no booster seat requirements in Arizona, Florida and South Dakota.

Can a 4 year old sit in a booster seat? ›

Your child should be at least four years old. Your child has reached the minimum requirement of the seat (15kg when approved to ECE R44 or 100cm when approved to UN R129) – this is legally binding by the regulations. Your child has the mental maturity to sit still in the high back booster seat.

Is it illegal to leave a child in the car in Virginia? ›

Unattended children in motor vehicles; penalty.

Provides that any person responsible for the care of a child who leaves an unattended child in a motor vehicle where (i) the child's health, safety, and well-being are at risk or (ii) the vehicle's engine is on or running is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

What is the weight limit for car seats in Virginia? ›

Today, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a new child passenger safety bill that could help save lives. The new bill requires children in Virginia to remain rear-facing in their car seats until age 2 or the minimum weight limit called for by the car seat manufacturer, which can be 40-50 pounds for newer seats.

Can a 7 year old sit in the front seat? ›

Children over three years of age can sit in the front seat of the car at all times as long as they are in a car seat or booster as needed until the age of 12 and at a height of at least 135cm.

Can a 5 year old sit in the front? ›

Children 3 years and over, up to 135cm tall must sit in the rear and use an adult seat belt. Children aged 12 years or more, or over 135cm tall, may travel the front, but must wear the seat belt.

Can a 6 year old sit in a booster seat? ›

Children must normally use a child car seat until they're 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child's height or weight.

Can my 3 year old go in a booster? ›

That way, you'll be best informed before moving your child into a different type of car seat. Most state laws and booster seat manufacturers require children to be at least 4 or 5 years old before using a booster.

Which US state doesn't have seat belt law? ›

(New Hampshire is the only state that does not require adults to wear seat belts.)

What state wears the seatbelt the most? ›

Hawaii currently has the highest percentage of people who wear seat belts.

What is the only US state without a mandatory seat belt law for adults? ›

New Hampshire and American Samoa are the only state and territory without a seat belt law for adults.

Should my 5 year old be in a car seat or booster? ›

Children should stay in a booster seat until adult seat belts fit correctly, typically when children reach about 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age. Most children will not fit in a seat belt alone until 10 to 12 years of age.

Does a 4 year old need a 5-point harness? ›

Even big kids need to be safe in cars! NHTSA recommends children remain in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by the seat. At which time, the child can move into a belt positioning device.

Can my 4 year old sit in a backless booster? ›

Backless booster seat requirements

Here are the general requirements for backless booster seats: Backless booster seat age requirements: From the time kids surpass the weight or height limits allowed by their car seat to about 8 to 12 years of age (depending on the child's size).

Can I leave my 7 year old home alone for 30 minutes? ›

Kids should never be left alone until they are 8 years old, and kids between the ages 8-10 shouldn't be left for more than an hour-and-a-half or during night-time hours.

Can I leave my 6 year old in the car for 5 minutes? ›

Did you know it is illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle? Kaitlyn's Law, California Vehicle Code section 15620(a), prohibits anyone from leaving a child six years of age or younger unattended in a motor vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years of age or older.

What is Kaitlyn's law? ›

In the fall of 2001 the Governor of California signed into law Senate Bill 255, also known as Kaitlyn's Law. Named for Kaitlyn Russell, a six-month old who died after being left alone in a parked car for more than two hours, the law makes it illegal for a child to be left unattended in a motor vehicle.

What height and weight can you stop using a booster seat? ›

NHTSA guidelines recommend that kids stop using a booster when they are 80 pounds and approximately four feet, nine inches tall. Keep in mind, however, that seat belts are deigned for the average 165-pound adult male.

Do you turn the airbag off if a child is in the front? ›

It's OK to leave the airbag active for forward-facing-seats but you should move the car's seat back on its runners as far as it will go. Do check your car handbook for model specific advice though as airbag size and performance does vary.

How old does a child have to be to be left alone? ›

babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone. children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time. children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight. NSPCC website.

What age does the 2 hour car seat rule end? ›

The advice is not to use car seats for longer than 30 minutes for babies younger than four weeks and not using car seats for more than two hours in one go for babies of all ages (The Lullaby Trust, 2016).

Can you put a booster seat in the front? ›

A: Yes, although it is safer for children to travel in the rear of the car. If you must put a forward-facing seat in the front when there is an airbag present, make sure that the car seat is as far back as possible and the child seat is securely held to maximise the distance between the child and the airbag.

Why can't kids sit up front? ›

Children who sit in the front seat before they're larger in size are at risk for head injuries due to the impact of the airbag or the airbag's ability to lift them off the seat and hit the top of the car.

Can you fit 3 car seats in a car? ›

Vehicle models that work best with three car seats in the rear seat are: Minivans; full-size and midsize SUVs; and full-size cars. Vehicles where it's a tight squeeze to fit three car seats: Compact SUVs; compact and midsize sedans; pickup trucks, and CRVs.

Are backless booster seats legal? ›

Backless booster seats are still certified to be safe, legal and available to buy (for children over a certain weight and height), as long as they conform to the current law.

Can my 6 year old sit in a backless booster? ›

Once they have reached a level of maturity where they sit and act appropriately in their seat, you may move them to a backless booster seat. This typically happens around age five or six.

Should my 7 year old be in a booster seat? ›

Booster seats should be used until your child can correctly fit in the adult lap and shoulder seat belts, typically when they are around 4 feet 9 inches in height and 8 to 12 years old.

Does a 3 year old need a 5-point harness? ›

All children under the age of 3 must travel in either a rearward or forward facing car seat, which is properly fitted. Your child should be strapped into the car seat with a 5-point harness or impact shield.

HOW LONG CAN 3 year old stay in carseat? ›

SO WHAT IS THE 2 HOUR RULE? Many car seat manufacturers recommend that a baby should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours, within a 24 hour time period. This is because when a baby is in a semi-upright position for a prolonged period of time it can result in: 1.

Can a 3 year old sit in a 5-point harness booster? ›

Booster Seat Readiness

To sit in a booster seat, children should:3. Many convertible and harness-to-booster car seats have harnesses rated to hold kids up to 65 pounds. 2 In fact, children in the U.S. today can often stay in a harnessed car seat until age six or beyond.

Which president has mandatory seat belts? ›

After years of pressure, President Johnson signed legislation in 1966 that required seat belts in all passenger vehicles and created a national traffic safety agency.

Do you have to wear a seatbelt in the back seat in Virginia? ›

Yes. Virginia law requires everyone under age 18 to be properly secured in a safety belt or child safety seat no matter where they are sitting in the vehicle, and the driver is responsible for making sure this happens.

Do backseat passengers have to wear a seat belt? ›

Wearing a seat belt in the rear seat is mandatory as per the Central Motor Vehicle Rules of the Indian government, but very few are aware of the rule.

Why do Americans wear seatbelts under their arms? ›

The main reasons for putting the seatbelt under the arm were to relieve neck tension (49pc) and general comfort (47pc). Only 9pc said it was to protect their tan, or 7pc to protect clothing.

Who has the lowest rate of seatbelt use? ›

Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45% and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. While Oregon boasts an average of 94% seat belt use in the state, North Dakota has the lowest at just 59%.

Can a seatbelt cut you in half? ›

Fact 2: Again, not going to happen if you are adjusting your seat belt. It will only cut off your head in a serious car accident and if it isn't adjusted to fit you comfortably and correctly. So, again this isn't going to happen if you are adjusting it correctly.

Why did they stop making automatic seat belts? ›

After a short run in the production lines of many automakers, automatic seat belts were eventually phased out in favor of making airbags standard on all cars.

When did it become illegal to not wear a seatbelt in the US? ›

In 1984 New York became the first state to mandate that drivers use a seat belt. Over the next eleven years 48 other states instituted seat belt use laws. New Hampshire remains the only U.S. state without a seat belt use law for drivers.

Why does New Hampshire not have seatbelts? ›

So the roads are less hazardous in New Hampshire than they are in many other states.” I explained to Russ that we have, as a state, collectively considered passing seat belt laws in the past and decided we preferred that the government just stay out of it.

What is the weight limit for car seats in Virginia? ›

Today, Gov. Ralph Northam signed a new child passenger safety bill that could help save lives. The new bill requires children in Virginia to remain rear-facing in their car seats until age 2 or the minimum weight limit called for by the car seat manufacturer, which can be 40-50 pounds for newer seats.

How much do you have to weigh to go from a car seat to a booster seat? ›

A child is ready for a booster seat when they have outgrown the weight or height limit of their forward-facing harnesses, which is typically between 40 and 65 pounds.

What height and weight can you stop using a booster seat? ›

3 We know that children should use a car seat or booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches (57 inches) tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds, when they can safely ride using a seat belt.

How much do you have to weight not to be in a car seat? ›

California's Occupant Protection Law

California law requires all children under two years old to ride in a rear-facing car seat, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. Children under the age of 8 are required to be secured in a car or booster seat.

Should my 5 year old be in a car seat or booster? ›

Children should stay in a booster seat until adult seat belts fit correctly, typically when children reach about 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age. Most children will not fit in a seat belt alone until 10 to 12 years of age.

What age does the 2 hour car seat rule end? ›

The advice is not to use car seats for longer than 30 minutes for babies younger than four weeks and not using car seats for more than two hours in one go for babies of all ages (The Lullaby Trust, 2016).

What kind of car seat should a 40 lb child be in? ›

When your child reaches 40 – 45 pounds, you can forward face in the convertible seat until up to around 65 pounds. Be sure to check the weight and height specifications for your specific seat. Although, convertible car seats, on average, will hold your child from 5-65 pounds and include a 5-point harness and tether.

At what age do you switch from high chair to booster? ›

Many children are ready to move from high chairs to booster seats at the dining table between 18 to 24 months. Portable booster seats can also be helpful in situations when you don't otherwise have mealtime seating that's age-appropriate and safe for your baby, like vacations and visits with family and friends.

Does a 7 year old need a booster seat? ›

Children must normally use a child car seat until they're 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child's height or weight.

Is backless booster seat safe? ›

While high-backs are the safest choice, backless boosters are still much safer than no booster at all, and we can see some legitimate reasons parents might choose a no-back model. For one thing, backless boosters are generally less expensive, some costing as little as $14.

Can a 3 year old use a booster seat? ›

Yes you can. Previously, booster cushions were sold as being suitable for children over 15kg (2 stone 5 pounds), which can happen between 3 to 4 years old. If you have one of these already and it complies with current regulations (ECE R4/04 law), you can still use it legally, even if your child isn't yet 125cm or 22kg.

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