I've had a few questions lately about car seat laws in Alabama
. The state law changed in July 2006 to require forward-facing car seats until age 5 or 40 pounds, and to require booster seat use until age 6. Alabama is one of many U.S. states to make car seat law changes in recent years. Federal guidelines
now suggest that children are safest when they stay in a harnessed car seat as long as possible, and then use a booster seat until they are at least 4'9" tall or weigh at least 80 pounds. Often the height and weight recommendations are met around age 8. Several states, including Kansas
, have changed their car seat laws to reflect these federal guidelines.
Has your state made changes to car seat laws
recently? Do you feel that your state's law goes too far, or that it doesn't do enough to protect children and educate parents? Use the comments box below to share news and opinions on car seat laws.