The Louisiana Department of Insurance wants parents to be aware of the child safety seat laws going into the summer, a time typically filled more travel.
Parents should be aware of the following:
- Rear Facing Seats – Under 2 years old must be restrained in a rear facing child safety seat until the child reaches the seat weight or height limit.
- Forward Facing Seats – At least 2 years old and has outgrown the rear facing child safety seat by weight or height.
- Booster Seats – At least 4 years old and has outgrown the forward facing child seat by weight or height.
- Seat Belts – At least 9 years old or has outgrown the booster seat and can pass the 5 Step Test.
The Five Step Test:
- Seat belt fits correctly when child sits back against the seat
- Child’s knees bend over the edge of the seat
- Belt fits snuggly across thighs and lower hips and not the abdoment
- The shoulder strap snuggly crosses the center of the chest and not the neck