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Maryland's child safety seat laws

February 12, 1998

Maryland's child safety seat laws

Following are Maryland's child passenger safety laws:




- Any child who is under 4 years old or who weighs 40 pounds or less must be in a federally approved safety seat, according to the safety seat and vehicle manufacturer's instructions.

- No one can transport a child under 16 unless the child is in a safety seat, or belted in.

- Children under 16 may not ride in an unenclosed cargo bed of a pickup truck.

Safety seat requirements are as follows:

- Reclining infant seats for children up to 20 pounds must be rear-facing.

- Convertible seats for children less than a year old must be rear-facing.

- Convertible seats for children one year to about 4 years old and 40 pounds should be forward-facing.

- Booster seats should be used during the period in which a child outgrows a safety seat (40 pounds) but cannot properly fit in a seat belt (about 60 pounds).

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- All seats should be federally approved and installed properly.

Those who are unsure how to properly install a child seat or want more information may call Maryland KISS (Kids in Safety Seats) toll-free at 1-800-370-SEAT.

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