2018 California Car Seat Laws

People from San Diego and Los Angeles all the way up to Sacramento will be happy to know that the 2018 car seat laws are the same as they were in 2017. However, it is important to note that many new laws took affect January 1, 2017. And, of course, there are tens of thousands of new parents in California every year. If you are one of them, congratulations!!

Anyways, we have here the current car seat laws for 2018 here for you!

2018 California Car Seat Laws

  • Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the . The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat. (California Vehicle Code Section 27360.)
  • ​Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
  • Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt. (California Vehicle Code Section 27363.)
  • Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law.

2018 California Booster Seat Laws

As of 2018, when a child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall they may go from a rear facing car seat to a booster seat.

Science and statistics show us that injuries are drastically reduced when children are in rear facing car seats until they are 24 months of age.