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

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jul 19, 2019

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.