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Child Car Seat Requirements
Child Car Seat Requirements Law
Florida law requires children under 5 years of age to be properly restrained no matter where they are seated in the vehicle. Children through age 3 must be secured in a separate carrier (child safety seat) or in a vehicle manufacturer's integrated child safety seat. For children ages 4 - 5, a separate carrier, an integrated child safety seat, or a safety belt may be used. If a safety belt does not fit the child correctly, a booster set should be used to correctly position the lap and shoulder belts once they outgrow forward facing child safety seats (generally at about 40 pounds and 4 years old). Children from approximately 40-80 pounds and under 4'9" in height should ride in a booster seat.
Infants must ride rear-facing until they are at least one year old and weigh 20 pounds or more. Rear-facing, the infant should be semi-upright at an angle or no more than 45 degrees. A forward-facing older child should ride sitting upright.
Never place a child in a child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger air bag. Always use the back seat.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission Web Page
Product Recall Finder
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
TSA's Traveling with Children information
FAA's Child Safety on Airplanes information