Alabama Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Children under age 1 or children who weigh less than 20 pounds must be properly restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat.

Car Seat

Children ages 1 through 4 or who children who weigh 20 to 40 pounds must be in a forward-facing child safety seat.

Booster Seat

Children who are either over 40 pounds or at least 5 but not yet 6 must be in a booster seat.

Seat Belt

Children and youth ages 6 through 14 must be restrained in a seat belt.

Seating Position

Law states no preference.

Fines & Penalties

One point for first offense, two points for second and subsequent offenses.

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

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