The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and other state officials are reminding residents that new child passenger safety laws go into effect on August 1, 2019.
Below are the new requirements:
Birth - at least 2 years old: Ride rear facing in an infant or convertible child safety seat
At least 2 years old and has outgrown the rear facing seat by height or weight: Ride in a forward-facing child safety seat with an internal harness
4 years old and has outgrown the forward facing, internal harness system by height or weight: Ride restrained in a belt positioning child booster seat
9 years old or has outgrown the booster seat and can pass the 5 step test: Ride restrained with a lap shoulder belt secured correctly on the vehicle seat
Younger than 13 years old: Ride in the rear seat of a vehicle when available and properly restrained.
A child who can be placed in more than one category shall use the more protective category. Seats must be used according to the manufacturer's instructions.