Nearly every state bases their car seat requirements on two factors: the age and size of a child. Both factors vary from state to state.
Age requirements go as young as five years and as old eight years. Some states also require car seats based on a child’s height or weight.
Many state guidelines are based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the AAP’s updated recommendations from 2011, children should continue to ride in car seats until they reach the age of 8 and are at least 57 inches tall.
The AAP also recommends that children ride in rear-facing car seats until at least the age of 2.
Things to remember…
- State laws commonly require child car seats for children that don’t meet age and size requirements.
- In Nevada, car seats are required for any child less than six years of and less than 60 pounds.
- Nevada has the highest possible fine in the nation for car seat law violations.