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Iowa 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

  • Infants under age 1 or children less than 20 pounds must be properly restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat.
  • Children through age 5 must be in a proper child safety seat.

Booster Seat

  • Children ages 1 to 5 must be in a proper child safety seat.
  • Children ages 6 through 17 must be in a child safety seat or safety belt.

Seat Belt

All children ages 6 through 17 must use a safety belt.

Seating Position

Law states no preference.

Fines & Penalties

The fine for a violation is $100.

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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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