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.

Car Seat

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.

Booster 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.

Seat Belt

  • 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.

Seating Position

Children ages 4 and younger must be in a car seat that is either forward-facing or rear-facing.

Fines & Penalties

The maximum fine for the first offense is $75.

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Source: "Child Safety Seat Laws." Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Updated March 2014.

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