We get asked about car seats a lot, so we created this helpful table of North Carolina car seat laws.
|Age||Birth to 1 year old||1 to 2 years||2 to 8 years||8 years old and up|
|Weight||up to 20 lbs||20-40 lbs||40 to 80 lbs||at least 80 lbs and 4'9" tall|
|Car Seat Position||Rear Facing Only||Rear Facing Only||Booster Seat||Lap/Shoulder Safety Belt|
*Children 12 and under must ride in the back seat.
*Children should remain in a rear facing seat as long as possible.
The American Academy of Pediatrics announced that parents should keep their children in rear-facing car seats until age two (not one as previously recommended). The newest research has shown that kids in rear-facing seats are more than five times safer than those riding in forward-facing seats. Statistics from recent studies have shown that children under the age of 2 who ride in rear-facing seats are 75% less likely to die or suffer major injury during a collision.
* You can have your car seat inspected to ensure proper installation at your local Fire Department free of charge.