Child safety in a moving vehicle is among the most important aspects of care in regards to the health and well being of your child. The state of Texas has strict guidelines which detail how infants and children should be transported in an automobile. With state laws constantly changing, it is important to always be aware of the updated requirements of child booster seat laws.
Infants from birth to 35 pounds are required by the Texas Department of Public Safety to ride in a rear-facing infant car set for as long as possible. According to the TDPS, "as long as possible" means that the infant can ride in this style of seat until she has surpassed the height and weight limitations of the seat. Texas state law as of June 2009 allows for infants to be placed in a convertible rear-facing safety seat. All car seats must be placed in the back seat of the vehicle and securely attached.
Texas state law in 2009 demands that once a child has grown out of a rear-facing car seat, he should then ride in a forward-facing booster seat as long as possible. The TDPS states that a child should never be place in a forward-facing car seat before they have reached the age of one year old and a weigh at least twenty two pounds. It is estimated that a child will outgrow a forward-facing seat at age four.
In Texas, a child can ride in a booster seat after they have reached the age of four and have reached forty or more pounds as of June 2009. At this point, the adult shoulder and safety belt must fit the child properly in order for the child to ride in the booster seat. This usually occurs once the child has reached the height of four feet nine inches tall.
In 2009, Texas law allows children to utilize the adult safety belt and shoulder strap alone once they have outgrown the height and weight limitations of the booster seat. This is usually when the child has reached a weight of one hundred pounds. At this point, the shoulder belt must cross the center of the chest and the shoulder as well as the lap belt being positioned low over the top of the thighs.