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Child Safety Seats


 
One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car safety seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different car safety seats on the market, it's no wonder many parents find this overwhelming.

The type of seat your child needs depends on several things including your child's size and the type of vehicle you have. To be sure your child is using the most appropriate seat, read on.
Alabama Child Restraint Law
SECTION 32-5-222 OF THE ALABAMA CODE
  • At least 1 yr or 20 lbs. - rear facing infant or rear facing convertible seat
  • At least 5 yrs or 40 lbs. – forward facing convertible or forward facing carseat
  • Until age 6 - booster seat
  • Until age 15 years - seat belt
  • $25 with no court costs. (May differ locally)
  • One Point against license, two points per each repeat offense.
  • Charges dismissed upon proof of acquisition of seat. (May differ locally)
A portion of the fine to be used to provide vouchers for child restraints to low income families.