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Maryland Child Safety Seat and Seat Belt Laws


Effective June 30, 2008, Maryland law requires children to be in a car seat or booster seat until their 8th birthday, unless they weigh more than 65 pounds or are 4'9" or taller. The law further states that the car seat must fit the child by age, height and weight, and the child must be secured in the seat and vehicle according to the instructions of the vehicle and car seat manufacturers.

All children under 16 in Maryland must wear a seatbelt. Children under 16 may not ride in unenclosed pickup truck beds.

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