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New California Law: Child Safety Seats

Although the child safely seat law was passed in 2015, it did not take effect until January 1, 2017. Depending on your child’s height and age, you may be required to use a federally-approved child passenger restraint system for them.

According to this new law, children under the age of 2 years must ride rear-facing in an appropriate child safety seat. The exception is for children weighing at least 40 pounds, or standing at least 40 inches tall.

California law continues to require that all children under the age of 8 be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat in the back seat of a vehicle.

In summary:

All children in California under 8 years old must:


All children in California under 2 years old must use a rear-facing child safety seat UNLESS:

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