Strict New Booster Seat Regulations Could Mean More Tickets
Stricter booster seat regulations will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Here's what you'll need to know about the new regulations to avoid getting a ticket.
The new law was signed into effect by Gov. Jay Inslee on April 19. Parents need to be aware of the new guidelines to avoid getting a ticket.
The new law could keep kids in booster seats up until middle school. We've compiled the new guidelines below:
- Children older than 4 years old, but shorter than 4 feet 9 and who have outgrown their child harness seat, must use booster seats. Most kids will need a booster seat until age 10 to 12.
- Children under age 2 must use a rear-facing car seat until they reach the highest weight and height allowed by their seat.
- Kids ages 2 and at least 4 should use a forward-facing, age-appropriate child harness seat until they reach the seat’s height and weight limits. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds.
- When children are old and big enough to use the car seat belt alone, they should still use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.
Big changes to be aware of concerning booster seats. You can check out more details on the new law here