Child Passenger Safety Law In Texas

  • That up to 9/10 car seats are NOT installed correctly?
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children rear-face until AT LEAST THE AGE OF 2 or have reached the highest height or weight allowed by their car seat manufacturer?
  • It is now a LAW in many states that children rear-face until the age of 2?
  • ​That some seats are rear-facing only or forward-facing only?
  • ​That weight, height and age are important in determining the right time to transition from rear-facing to forward-facing, or into a booster, or into a seat belt, or into the front seat?
  • That most car seat systems require you to use either the seat belt OR the LATCH system?
  • That in order to use the lower anchor in the seat, the combined weight of the car seat and the child cannot exceed 65# for most vehicles?
  • Harness strap heights differ depending on the way the child is riding?
  • The minimum age to start riding in a booster seat is age 4?
  • Children should ride in a booster seat until they reach 4'9"?
  • Car seats have expiration dates? 
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration releases and regularly updates a recall list for car seats?​
  • That if your car seat has been in a vehicle involved in a collision it may need to be replaced?
  • ​That seat belts have a locking feature that often needs to be engaged for the car seat to be secure? Did you know that if the seat belt doesn't lock and there is no locking mechanism in the car seat, a locking clip must be used?
  • That to use your car seat onboard an aircraft it must have a label with FAA approval for airplane use?
  • Car seats can REDUCE the risk of serious injury as compared to seat belts alone?

Did You Know


A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than 8 years of age, unless the child is taller than 4’9”, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.

You can view the child passenger safety law in Texas as printed in the Texas transportation codes by going to