When it comes to booster seats for kids, there are a lot of different requirements and laws across the United States. In North Carolina, there are specific guidelines that must be followed in order to ensure your child’s safety while traveling in a car. Here is what you need to know about booster seat laws in NC.
Booster seats are required for certain children under eight years of age and those who weigh less than 80 pounds. If your child is younger than eight, he or she must be in a booster seat unless he or she:
- Is more than four feet nine inches tall
- Is 80 pounds or more and eight years old (in which case, he or she would be permitted to use a booster seat only with the additional requirement of being restrained by a safety belt)
If your child meets any one of those stipulations, then they do not have to sit in a booster seat.
You can find the entire NC laws here.
Let’s now look at specific booster seat requirements in NC for weight, age, and height, among others.
Booster seat weight requirements NC
In North Carolina, booster seats are also required for children who weigh less than 80 pounds. If your child falls into this category, it is important to make sure that he or she is using a booster seat that is appropriate for his or her weight.
Booster car seat age requirement North Carolina
In North Carolina, booster seats are required for children who are younger than 8 years old or weigh less than 80 pounds.
In order for booster seats to be used, they must meet the following requirements:
- Be placed in the back seat
Have a lap belt and shoulder strap that fits correctly The booster seat cannot have any type of damage or missing pieces in order for it to protect your child in case of an accident
When you are purchasing booster seats, make sure that they are recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA). Also, make sure that the booster seats are labeled with the manufacturer’s weight and height guidelines.
The booster seat can be used in most vehicles; however, if you are using a booster seat in a vehicle with inflatable restraints (airbags), then the booster must be placed out of an airbag area. These booster seats can usually be identified by the label, “This booster seat is recommended for use in vehicles equipped with airbags.”
Be sure to also check your vehicle owner’s manual or contact your local car dealership to see if there are any instructions about booster seats in your car model.
Getting pulled over with an un-belted child in a booster seat could result in a fine. The booster seat must be strapped into a car to count as being restrained, so it is best practice to have your child sit in the booster seat when traveling anywhere.
Drivers who fail to abide by booster seat requirements can get pulled over and get fined between $25-$50 per incident.
Backless Booster Seat laws NC
There are no specific laws in North Carolina that address backless booster seats, but booster seats, in general, are required for children who are younger than 8 years old or weigh less than 80 pounds. It is important to make sure that your child is using a booster seat that is appropriate for his or her weight, and that the booster seat meets the requirements listed above.
Booster Seat Laws NC 2020,21/22
The laws above were put in place in 2004 and that hasn’t changed since then. There have been no recent changes in NC booster seat laws in NC in 2020, 2021, or 2022.
Jane Lanbert is a mother of two and works as an elementary school teacher. Jane joined Motherhood HQ to provide expertise on product testing after her stint at Consumer Reports. Jane loves reading and getting immersed in new research on various topics from parenting to pet psychology. When not reading or testing baby gear to review, Jane enjoys hiking in the midwest and hanging out with their two dog pets. Jane is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and holds a degree in Elementary Teaching. She can be reached at email@example.com