Car Seat Laws

Children under the age of one (1) year, and less than twenty (20) lbs. MUST be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. 

Children that are at least one (1) year old and 20 lbs. may be restrained in a forward-facing child safety seat with an internal harness system.

Children at least thirty (30) lbs. may use a booster seat. Police officers encourage parents to keep their children restrained in a forward-facing seat until at least forty (40) lbs. 

Indiana law requires all children under the age of eight (8) years to use a child restraint system in accordance with the child restraint system manufacturer's instruction, which are based upon the child's height and weight. The child restraint system normally used by children in this age group is the booster seat. 

All children under the age of 16 must be properly restrained either by using a seat belt or a child restraint system, to include a booster seat.