What are the child car seat laws in Texas? Texas

Texas Child Restraint Laws

Whether you're a parent, grandparent, or a regular childcare provider, it's important to be aware of the car seat laws in the state of Texas. Because passenger restraint systems are designed for the needs of full-grown adults, children require either a car seat or booster seat in order to stay safe while traveling.

Texas child restraint laws are as follows:

  • Infant-only or rear-facing convertible seats: Birth until at least one year old and 20 pounds.
  • Rear-facing convertible baby car seats designed for heavier infants: Birth until at least one year old and between 20 and 35 pounds.
  • Convertible or forward-facing seats with harnesses: Older than one year and weighing between 20 and 40 pounds.
  • Belt-positioning booster seat (either high-back or no-back): More than 40 pounds, ages four to eight, unless 4'9" tall.
The above guidelines apply as long as the child is traveling in a vehicle with an open seating position and belt. The fine for violating the law is $25 for the first offense and up to $250 for subsequent offenses.

Additional Information

Because there are many different types of car seats and available, many parents find proper installation confusing. However, child car seats are only effective if they are being used correctly. If the car seat is not properly attached to your vehicle or the straps aren't adjusted to fit your child, the restraint system is not providing the maximum amount of protection.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) maintains a listing of child safety seat inspection locations with certified inspectors. Please call 1-866-SEAT-CHECK if you need assistance locating a Texas car seat inspection location.

TX Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representatives can also answer questions about child restraint laws and other safety laws in the state.

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