Washington State’s Infant and Toddler Car Seat Laws
The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations for car and booster seats in March of 2011, as follows:
- Keep infants and toddlers in rear-facing car seats until at least two years old (previously one year old*) or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of the car seat.
- All children age two or older, or those younger than two who have outgrown the rear-facing seat, should use a forward-facing car seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of the car seat.
*Washington State has not updated its law based on this recommendation. Legally, a toddler may ride in a forward facing seat at 12 months old as long as they meet the weight and height requirements of the car seat.Read More