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Passenger safety law and best practices
Car seats, booster seats and seat belts
The Wisconsin child passenger safety law states the minimum required. Most doctors and injury prevention professionals recommend "best practice" to protect children in a crash.
| Type of seat
|| Wisconsin law
|| Best practice recommendations
|Rear-facing|| Child must be rear-facing in a car seat until one year and 20 pounds.
|| American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children staying rear-facing until at least two years old.
|Forward-facing|| Child must remain in a harness until at least four years and 40 pounds.
|| Use seat with harness until the maximum weight allowed, often more than four years old.
| Booster seat
|| Child can be in booster starting at four years and 40 pounds, until child reaches eight years or 80 pounds and 4'9".
|| Child should stay in booster until tall enough to sit in vehicle without slouching and seat belt fits across the hips, chest and shoulder, usually 4'9".
| Seat belt
|| A seat belt is required once a child has outgrown booster seat requirements. Always use a lap and shoulder belt instead of a lap belt only.
||A seat belt is required once a child has outgrown booster seat requirements. Always use a lap and shoulder belt instead of a lap belt only.|
| Back seat
|| Children four years and younger must sit in the back seat unless there is not a back seat.
|| Children 12 years and younger should sit in the back seat.