Child Passenger Safety

Rear-facing until at least two (2) years of age

Forward-facing with a harness as long as possible

Booster seat until 4'9"

Seat belt when ready

Oklahoma Child Passenger Safety Law

  • 0-2 years: Must be in a rear-facing car seat until at least two (2) years of age, or until the child reaches the weight or height limit of the car seat.
  • 2-4 years: Must be in a car seat with a harness until at least four (4) years of age.
  • 4-8 years: Must be in a car seat or booster seat until at least eight (8) years of age unless the child is taller than 4’9”.
  • 8 years or taller than 4’9”: Must be in a properly worn seat belt.

Child Passenger Safety FACTS:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 5 to 19.
  • Research shows that children between the ages of 1-2 are FIVE TIMES SAFER riding rear-facing than forward-facing.
  • Children ages 2 to 5 who use seat belts prematurely are four times more likely to suffer a serious head injury in a crash than those in child safety seats or booster seats.
  • 9 out of 10 car seats are installed improperly.
  • Children should ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old, even in a vehicle equipped with advanced airbags.
  • Types of Car Seats:

      Rear-facing only

    • These seats are designed for rear-facing use only. They may be used as low as “birth” or four pounds and up to 40 pounds. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. These seats are designed to be installed rear-facing and should NEVER be installed forward-facing.
    • Convertible Seats

    • These seats may be used rear-facing up to 30 to 50 pounds, depending on the manufacturer, and then turned (converted) to a forward-facing seat for children up to 40 to 80 pounds. Again, each seat is different, so it is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully.
    • Combination Seats

    • These seats combine a 5-point harness seat with a booster seat. The seat is used until the child reaches the weight limit of the harness, which can range from 40 to 90 pounds. The harness is then removed and the seat is used as a booster seat. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully because weight and height limits vary for the seat when used as a harnessed seat and a booster seat. Combination seats are only used forward-facing.
    • Booster Seats

    • These seats are designed to help an older child over at least 4 years of age transition from a forward-facing seat with a harness to a vehicle seat belt. Booster seats should be used until children reach the upper weight limit of the booster seat, or until they are 4’9” tall.

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