In Mississippi, in 2008, 76% of children who died in motor vehicle accidents were not properly restrained. This should tell you how important it is that children be effectively restrained in motor vehicles, and why there are laws in place to ensure that they are.

Summary of Mississippi’s Child Seat Safety Laws

In Mississippi, there are laws governing how children are restrained in motor vehicles. They are based on age, weight and height, and they are as follows.

Birth to age one

  • Any child up to the age of 1 year or 20 pounds must travel in a rear-facing child seat, or a convertible seat that is facing rear.

Ages four to seven

  • Children ages four to seven must use a booster seat.

Ages 8-15

  • Children ages 8-15 must use shoulder and lap belts the same as adults.

Types of seat restraints

There are various types of restraints, as follows.

Rear-facing

Rear-facing seats are for infants, and they face backward to support the neck, back and head.

Forward-facing

These seats are used for toddlers, and should be used only for children who are at least a year old and 20 pounds.

Convertible

This is a type of seat that converts from rear- to front-facing, and is used for older, larger children.

Booster seats

These seats are typically used for larger children who are under 57 inches tall. They “boost” the child so that he or she can use the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belts.

Penalties

If you fail to follow Mississippi’s child seat safety laws, you could be fined $25. The fine could be dismissed if you prove you have acquired the right safety seat. But why not just get it in the first place, keep your child safe, and avoid a fine?

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as Child Seat Safety Laws in Mississippi and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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