North Carolina Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Law states no preference.

Car Seat

Infants through children age 7 who weigh less than 80 pounds must be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat in all seating positions.

Booster Seat

Infants through children age 7 who weigh less than 80 pounds must be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat in all seating positions.

Seat Belt

The following must be restrained by a seatbelt:
  • Children 8 through 15 years
  • Children ages 7 and under who are between 40 and 80 pounds may be restrained by a lap safety belt if there is no lap/shoulder belt present.

Seating Position

Children ages 4 and under who weigh less than 40 pounds must occupy the back seat if there is an active front passenger-side air bag (unless restrained in a child safety seat designed for use with air bags).

Fines & Penalties

Maximum fine for first offense is $25 plus $188 in court costs and points.

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

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