Child seat belt laws are dependent on a variety of factors. These laws vary depending on location and the age of the child riding in the car. The ages of children are typically divided into four main categories, namely, infants, those between 1 and 3 years, those between 3 and and 8 years old, and those between 8 and 12 years old.
Infants are required to sit in a rear facing car seat in the back seat. Children 1-3 should be seated in a forward facing car seat in the back seat. Children 4-8 are often required to sit in a booster seat in the back seat. It is not always required by law but often recommended that children aged 9-12 remain seated in the back seat and must always where a seat belt.
Whether it be at the front or rear seat, children 3 years of age and below should make use of the correct child seat. Correct child seat refers to the proper place or seat where children should stay considering their comfort and most especially their safety. Children ranging from 3 to 11 years old should make use of the correct child restraint. Children that are 12 to 13 years should and must wear a seat belt fitted to them all the time. This would ensure their safety wherever they go.
It is very important for adults to be aware of and ensure child safety while driving. They are the one responsible to explain and impart the proper habits to their children.