What are the child car seat laws in Georgia? Georgia

Georgia Child Restraint Laws

In the state of Georgia, the safety laws regarding car seats - including baby car seats - are as follows:

  • Children five years of age and younger must ride in the back seat of a passenger vehicle when a backseat is present.
  • If the vehicle does not have a back seat, children are permitted to ride in the front seat, provided they ride in car seats appropriate for their height and weight.
  • Children weighing up to 40 pounds must ride in a child safety seat at all times.
  • Failure to comply with car seat laws results in a $50 fine per child.

Additional Child Restraint Laws

In addition to car seat laws, GA child restraint laws include the following:

  • Children taller than 4’9’’ are permitted to ride with a safety belt, as opposed to a car seat, provided they are in the back seat.
  • Children weighing more than 40 pounds are permitted to ride with a lap belt only, provided there is no shoulder strap available and they are in the back seat.
  • Children younger than 16 must wear a safety belt at all times.

GA State Recommendations

In addition to child restraint laws, Georgia makes the following recommendations:

  • Children 12 years of age and younger should ride in the backseat, whenever possible.
  • Used child car seats, particularly car seats involved in an accident, should be avoided.
  • Children and adults should wear safety belts at all times, regardless of vehicle speed or destination.

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