Whether you’re a new parent or have a handful of little ones, it’s critical to guarantee you’re up to date and abiding by West Virginia’s child seat safety laws. Although not complex, there are several elements of the law that you should know by heart and also might find surprising. For example, all children under four feet nine inches and under the age of eight years old are required to be secured in an appropriate restraint in one of the auto’s rear seats, not simply just a seat belt.
To better understand West Virginia’s child seat safety laws, take a moment look over this list of the Mountain State’s recently updated regulations for 2018.
- (As stated above) all children under four feet nine inches and under the age of eight years old are required to be secured in an appropriate regulation restraint in one of the auto’s rear seats.
- All children above four feet and nine inches in height can legally use a standard seat belt even when younger than eight years old.
- All parents who fail to meet protocol for properly securing their children in the appropriate restraints will acquire a fine of $10 to $20 for their first offense.
- Children must be properly secured in one the auto’s rear seats until they are at least the age of 13 years old.
West Virginia safety officials recommend:
- Rear-facing restraints for infants
- Forward-facing restraints for toddlers
- Booster seats for older children