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:

Step 2 – Know how to correctly install your car seat:

Step 3 – Register your car seat:

Best Practice

DO’s

  • 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.

DO NOT’s

  • 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.

Child Passenger Safety Fact Sheets