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Virginia Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws

Virginia

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Children ages 7 and under must be in rear-facing devices in rear seat if possible.

Car Seat

Children ages 7 and under must be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat. They should be in rear-facing devices in the back seat if possible, and in the front seat only if the front passenger airbag is deactivated.

Booster Seat

Children ages 7 and under must be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat. They should be in rear-facing devices in the back seat if possible, and in the front seat only if the front passenger airbag is deactivated.

Seat Belt

  • Ages 8 to 17 must be restrained regardless of seating position.
  • Children 7 years and younger who are taller than 4' 9".
  • Children who weigh more than 40 pounds who are in a seating position where there is only a lap belt available.

Seating Position

Children in rear-facing devices must be in a rear seat if available. If not available, they may be placed in front only if the front passenger airbag is deactivated.

Fines & Penalties

Maximum fine for first offense is $50.

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Note: Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. This information is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, although if you are injured in an accident, we have relationships with other personal injury attorneys and lawyers throughout the United States.

Source: "Child Passenger Safety Laws." Governors Highway Safety Association. Updated September 2011.

All of our lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania. We also have lawyers licensed to practice in Ohio, and West Virginia and we associate with experienced attorneys in other states.

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