Wisconsin Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws
Rear-Facing Car Seat
Children less than 1 year of age and children who weigh less than 20 pounds are required to use a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat if possible.
Children who are at least 1 year old and 20 lbs., or younger than 4 years old and 40 lbs., must be in a forward-facing or rear-facing car seat in the back seat.
Children ages 4 to 8 – between 40 and 80 lbs. and no more than 4 ft. 9 in. – must ride in the back on a booster seat, or they can ride in a forward-facing or rear-facing car seat – if so equipped.
- Children ages 8 to 15 must be restrained in all seating positions.
- Children 8 years and younger who are more than 80 pounds and who are 57 inches or taller.
Children ages 4 and younger must be in a car seat that is either forward-facing or rear-facing.
Fines & Penalties
If the child is less than 4 years old, the total fine will be $175.30.
For non-compliance with children between 4 and 8 years old the fines are as follows:
- First offense – $150.10
- Second offense – $200.50
- Third and subsequent offenses – $263.50
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Source: "Child Safety Seat Laws." Wisconsin Department of Transportation
. Updated March 2014.
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