Ohio's NEW
Booster Seat Law...


What is the New Law?

As of Oct. 7, 2009,* Ohioís children are required to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats (usually at 4 years old and 40 pounds) until they are 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall.  

Ohioís revised child restraint law requires the following:

*Law enforcement will issue warnings only for the first six months. Full enforcement will begin on April 7, 2010.  Fines will range from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $75 per occurrence. A booster seat can be purchased for as little as $15.  Donít wait for a warning or ticket! 

Why isnít the seat belt enough?

Seat belts were designed for adults and can leave a child at risk of serious injury in a motor vehicle crash.

Why is the law important? Most Ohio children are not using booster seats.

Whatís the best booster to buy?

The Injury Prevention Program does not endorse any particular child safety or booster seat. Itís important to properly use one that meets current federal motor vehicle safety standards and fits well in your vehicle. The following resources may be of help in selecting a booster seat:

When should my child move from a booster seat to a seat belt?

A booster seat is designed to place a child higher on the vehicle seat so that the lap/shoulder belt fits correctly. Seat belt fit varies from car to car and from person to person.  It is safest for your child to remain in a booster seat until the adult seat belt system fits his/her properly as follows:

Additional information on proper fitting can be found at:   http://www.carseat.org/