Tennessee Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Children under the age of 1 who weigh less than 20 pounds must use a rear-facing child safty seat in the rear seat if available.

Car Seat

Children ages 1 to 3 who weigh more than 20 pounds must use a forward-facing child safety seat in the rear seat if available.

Booster Seat

Children ages 4 to 8 and less than 4' 9" tall must use a booster seat in the rear seat if available.

Seat Belt

  • Children ages 9 through 15.
  • Any child 12 and younger who is 4' 9" or taller.

Seating Position

  • Children 8 years and younger and less than 4' 9" must be in rear seat if available.
  • Rear seat recommended for children ages 9 through 12.

Fines & Penalties

Maximum fine for first offense is $50.

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

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