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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
|| Safest practice
|Rear-facing car seat|| Children should ride in a rear-facing car seat until at least the age of 2. Keep children rear facing as long as they are within the height and weight requirements for the car seat.
|| Children must ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are 1 year old and weigh 20 pounds.
|Forward-facing car seat|| Children should ride in a
forward-facing car seat with
a harness as long as they are
within the height and weight
requirements for the car seat.
| Children must ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they are 4 years old and weigh 40 pounds.
| Booster seat
|| Children should ride in a booster seat until they are tall enough to sit on the vehicle seat without slouching, and the seat belt fits snugly across the top of the thighs and across the shoulder.
|| Children must ride in a booster seat until they are 8 years old or weigh 80 pounds or are 4 feet 9 inches tall (4'9").
| Seat belt
|| Children should ride using a lap
and shoulder belt once they
have outgrown their car or
| Children must be restrained in a seat belt when they outgrow the
requirements of a booster seat.
| Back seat
|| Children under 13 years of age
should ride in the back seat
using a lap and shoulder belt.
| Children required to
ride in a rear-facing or forward-facing car seat must be restrained in
the back seat.
- Choose a car seat based on your child’s height, weight and age.
- Read all instructions to correctly install and use the car seat.
- Check the expiration date and know the history of your car
seat before you use it.
- Use a car seat correctly on every ride.
- Children are more likely to buckle up if they see a parent or
caregiver buckled up.
- Let others who drive your kids know that a car seat is a must.