Florida Car Seat Laws

Florida, often known as the “Sunshine State” is a beautiful place to be.  If you are raising children in this state, it is important that you know the car seat laws for it.  Since car seat laws vary from state to state and can change overtime, it is crucial that you keep up on this information.

Just by not following the car seat laws, you can get traffic violations, fines, and put your child in danger.  So, to keep things easy going, and safe, make sure you know these laws like the back of your hand.

Florida Car Seat Laws:

  • Your child must be in a car seat if they are 3 years or younger.
  • It is also important that your child wears their seat belt until the age of 5, and is restrained in a booster seat until that age.
  • As of now, it is not a must that your child sits in the back seat until a certain age.

NOTES:

  • It’s a good idea to keep your baby rear-facing for as long as possible.  I recommend that you keep your baby in the rear-facing position until they’re at least one year of age and at least 20 lbs.  This allows their neck time to fully develop and also gain control of their head.
  • Make sure you are occasionally checking their car seats requirements.  It is important that you make sure your child meets both the height and weight requirements for their current seat.  If they have outgrown their current seat, it is a must that you upgrade them to the next stage.
  • Regardless of your age, you should always consider wearing your safety belt to ensure additional safety.

This is just a brief summary of Florida’s car seat laws.  Keep in mind that they may change over time, and that you should always keep an eye out for important information like this.



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