Highway Safety - Car Seats
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CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY
Utah's Child Restraint Law states: The operator of a motor vehicle operated on a highway shall provide for the protection of a person younger than eight years of age by using a child restraint device to restrain each person in the manner prescribed by the manufacturer of the device.
Children younger than eight are not required to be in a booster seat if they are at least 57 inches tall. At that point, they should use the lap and shoulder belt without a booster.
The penalty for breaking this law is $45. Failure to properly secure children is a primary offense, so a driver may be pulled over if anyone in the vehicle under age 19 is not properly restrained. This does not mean simply restrained in a seat belt. Children ages seven and younger must be restrained in an age-appropriate child safety seat or booster seat.
For more information on car seat safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's page on Child Safety.
For a comprehensive guide for parents, click here for NHTSA's Parents Guide to Playing It Safe with Kids and Cars.
Looking for a child safety seat inspection station?
For more information, please contact
Occupant Protection Program Manager
Utah Highway Safety Office