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The Washington Child Restraint Law
RCW 46.61.687 covers all passengers under 16 years of age
A child must be restrained in a child restraint system: if the passenger seating position equipped with a safety belt system allows sufficient space for installation, until the child is 8-years old, unless the child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller. The child restraint system must comply with standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation and must be secured in the vehicle in accordance with instructions of the vehicle manufacturer and child restraint manufacturer.
A child who is 8-years of age or older or 4 feet 9 inches tall or taller: shall be properly restrained with the motor vehicle safety belt properly adjusted and fastened around the child's body or an appropriately fitted child restraint system.
The driver of a vehicle transporting a child who is under 13-years old: shall transport the child in the back seat positions in a vehicle where it is practical to do so.
Does not apply to: 1- for hire vehicles 2- vehicles designed to transport 16 or less passengers (including the driver) operated by transportation companies as defined in RCW 81.68 3- vehicles providing shuttle service between parking, convention and hotel facilities and airport terminals and 4- school buses.
Required to use a booster seat: does not apply to any seat position where there is only a lap belt available and the child weighs more than 40 pounds.
Need Your Car Seat or Booster Checked?
To ensure your child passenger safety seat is installed properly, please schedule an appointment with one of the fitting stations listed below:
For more information on child passenger safety please visit these sites:
WA State Occupant Protection Laws and Fitting Station Locations
Washington State has two occupant protection laws, 1) Washington's Seat Belt Law and 2) Washington's Child Restraint Law. Please access the flyer below from the WA State Safety Restraint Coalition that will explain what you need to know about the laws and information on where you can have your car seat checked by a certified technician