New Car Safety Seat Laws in Louisiana

begining August 2019

July 22, 2019

Car seats were first introduced in 1921 but it wasn't until 1971 that the federal government introduced the minimum safety guidelines for child safety seats and child restraint systems to reduce the number of children injured or killed in car accidents. since then, every state have their own child passenger laws that specify minimum requirements for each type of car seat or safety restraint. In Louisiana, every person in the car must wear a seat belt.  

Following the latest car seat and safety restraint guidelines from the AAP the Louisiana Senate has approved LS Bill 76. 

The new law states the following guidelines:

1. All children under the age of 2 must be restrained in a rear facing child safety seat. (not in the front passenger seat)

2. Children at least 2 years old that has outgrown the rear facing seat must be restrained in a forward facing car seat with internal harness.

3. Children over the age of 4 that have outgrown a forward facing carseat with internal harness must use a seat belt positioning booster seat.

4. Children 9 and older may use the adult seat belt correctly fastened if they have outgrown the booster seat.

5. Children under the age of 13 must be in the rear seat of the vehicle properly restrained. 

6. children that can be placed in more than one category shall use the more protective one. (i.e. a child over 2 that has not outgrown a rear facing child car seat shall use the rear facing seat rather than a forward facing seat with internal harnessing system).

This new safety law will be in effect and will be enforced, beginning August 2019.

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