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Reminder: new child safety laws go into effect on August 1

Courtesy Louisiana Highway Safety Commission
Posted at 8:00 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 21:00:00-04

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.