As a parent in Indiana, it is essential that you know and follow the state's child restraint laws whenever you take your child in a vehicle. These laws are established to ensure your child is as safe as possible in the event of an accident. Furthermore, these laws are pretty much universal throughout the country, so they will also help you be compliant if you leave the state.
According to the Indiana State Police, child restraint laws apply to all children under the age of 16. Any child under this age must wear the proper restraint, which includes seat belts, boost seats or car seats. Those older than age eight can use just a regular seat belt. Under the age of eight, your child needs to be in the proper type of child restraint.
Generally, following the manufacturer's guidelines for height and weight will keep you legal. if you are unsure, the law specifies that a booster seat can be used by any child who weighs at least 30 pounds. Children should be in a forward-facing car seat if they weigh at least 20 pounds and have reached their first birthday. For children under 20 pounds and less than one year old, you need to put them in a rear-facing car seat. In addition, all children should be in the backseat, especially those in any child restraint seat.
These guidelines are based on research that has shown they are the best possible options to keep kids safe in a car accident. This information is for education and is not legal advice.