New California Child Safety Seat Law Effective January 1, 2017

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your passengers in a crash.  It is extremely important to make sure all children riding in your car be properly secured before every trip.

Thousands of children are injured or killed every year because their child passenger safety seats are not installed properly. Remember, most collisions occur within a mile of the home - so buckle your child in a safety seat for every trip, no matter how short. 

Effective January 1, 2017:

  • Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat.

 
Current California Law (pre-2017): 

  • ​Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. 
  • Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height must be secured by a safety belt. 
  • Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law.


Child Car Seat Inspection Locator


- content provided by the California Highway Patrol