Child Restraint Regulations
Set Forth Guidelines for Infant-only, Forward-facing, and Booster Seats
Effective July 1, 2006
ENROLLED, An Act,
To amend Section 32-5-222 of the Code of Alabama 1975, relating to child passenger restraints, to further provide for the use of child passenger restraints; to increase the fine; to provide for a point system; to provide for dismissal of charges upon proof of acquisition of an appropriate child passenger restraint; to provide for $15 to be deposited in the State Treasury to be disbursed by the State Comptroller to the Alabama Head Injury Foundation to administer; to subject the foundation to examination by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. Section 32-5-222 of the Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:
(a) Every person transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall provide for the protection of the child by properly using an aftermarket or integrated child passenger restraint system meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards and the requirements of subsection (b). This section shall not be interpreted to release in part or in whole the responsibility of an automobile manufacturer to insure the safety of children to a level at least equivalent to existing federal safety standards for adults. In no event shall failure to wear a child passenger restraint system be considered as contributory negligence. The term "motor vehicle" as used in this section shall include a passenger car, pickup truck, van (seating capacity of 10 or less), minivan, or sports utility vehicle.
(b) The size appropriate restraint system required for a child in subsection (a) shall include all of the following:
(1) Infant only seats and convertible seats used in the rear facing position for infants until at least one year of age or 20 pounds.
(2) Convertible seats in the forward position or forward facing seats until the child is at least five years of age or 40 pounds.
(3) Booster seats until the child is six years of age.
(4) Seat belts until 15 years of age.
However this bill must meet the requirements of Code Section 32-5b-4.