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Texas Child Safety Seat and Seat Belt Laws


Texas child passenger safety laws previously required only children younger than five years of age and less than 36 inches in height to ride in an approved child restraint. Beginning September 1, 2009, the law has been updated to require children under age 8 to ride in an appropriate car seat or booster seat, unless they are 4'9" tall.

You must select the appropriate restraint for your child's height and weight, according to manufacturer recommendations. Additionally, Texas law states that during the operation of the vehicle, the child must be properly secured in the car seat or booster seat according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system. Children under age 17 must be buckled into the vehicle with a seat belt.

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