Indiana Car Seat Laws (2022) | The Ultimate Guide

Jul 27

Your children are always safer when they are properly restrained in the right car seat for each child’s size and weight, and a better understanding the state’s car seat laws can help to ensure that your children are always buckled up safely. If, however, your child is injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you should not delay consulting with an experienced car accident attorney in Indiana.

 

In the State of Indiana

The Indiana State Police share that about 85 percent of child safety seats throughout the nation are used incorrectly, which means there is plenty of room for improvement. Indiana’s car seat laws require that every child under the age of eight be properly restrained (according to the manufacturer’s instructions) in a child safety seat or booster seat that is the right size for the child.

 

The Laws According to Your Child’s Size and Age

Indiana’s laws become more specific according to your child’s size and age. Consider the following:

  • Children who are not yet one year old and who weigh less than 20 pounds must be seated (and appropriately restrained) in rear-facing car seats, but parents are encouraged to keep their children in rear-facing seats as long as the car seat’s height and weight parameters allow. 
  • Children who are at least one year old and who weigh at least 20 pounds may be seated (and appropriately restrained) in forward-facing car seats that have internal harness systems. 
  • While parents can move a child who weighs at least 30 pounds to a booster seat, they are encouraged to wait until the child weighs 40 pounds to do so (making sure that the car seat is safe at this weight range). 

 

Keeping Your Kids Safe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that car seats and booster seats do provide your children with considerable protection in the event of a crash, but that car accidents are still the leading cause of death for children who are between the ages of 1 and 13. This makes choosing the right seat for your child – and using it correctly every time – paramount. NHTSA encourages parents to keep their children in the backseat until they turn 13. Further, keeping your children in their car seats until they outgrow the height or weight limitations is always the safest option. To help you find the right car seat for your little ones, NHTSA offers a Car Seat Finder that allows you to compare seats according to how easy they are to use correctly and to find the right one for you in the process.

 

Reach Out to an Experienced Indiana Personal Injury Attorney for the Help You Need

If your child has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, the focused Indiana personal injury attorneys at Blackburn Romey recognize the gravity of your situation and have the experience, drive, and legal insight to help you seek the compensation to which you are entitled. Learn more about how we can help by contacting or calling us today.

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