Office of Injury Prevention
Child Passenger Safety
What’s the law?
Georgia’s child passenger safety law states all children 8 years of age and under must be
secured in a child safety seat or booster seat, and be secured in the back seat.
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Steps to Find the Right Seat
Step 1 – Find the right car seat based on:
- Car Seat Types
- Age & Size Recommendations (from birth to age 13)
- Find a Car Seat
- Car Seat Ease-of-Use Ratings
Step 2 – Know how to correctly install your car seat:
Step 3 – Register your car seat:
- Keep infants rear facing to the maximum height and weight of the car seat. Never place an infant forward facing before he/she is over 1 year of age and over 20 pounds
- The American Academy of Pediatrics and Center’s for Disease Control strongly recommend leaving children rear facing until 2 years old.
- Keep children in a booster seat until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall and who are between 8 to 10 years of age.
- Children under age 13 are safest in the back seat.
- Check your vehicle owner’s manual for tips and important car seat installation information. If your vehicle does not have a manual, contact the manufacturer for a new manual.
- Never install a rear facing car seat in front of an active passenger air bag
- Do not modify or install your child’s safety seat in a manner different from the installation instructions.
- Do not purchase a second hand car seat if you do not know the history of the car seat, the seat is missing the product information labels, is over 6 years old, or has been involved in a vehicle crash.