What is the law regarding seatbelts?

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Rules of the Road New Hampshire Child Occupant Protection Law

RSA 265:107-a  Effective January 1, 2014 All children under age 7 or 57 inches (whichever is reached first) must use a properly fastened and secured child safety seat.  Children under age 18 must be properly restrained in a motor vehicle including a car, pickup truck or SUV.


Rear-facing (birth to age 2) Use either a rear-facing only seat or a convertible seat until the child reaches the weight or height limit of the seat. Recommendation is children remain rear-facing until at least age 2. Rear-facing seat with harness provides the most protection.



Forward-facing (age 2 to age 6)

Use child safety seat with harness until child reaches weight or height limit of harness.  The harness can range from 40 – 90 lbs.  Seat with a harness provides more protection.



Booster seat (age 7 to 4 ft. 9 in.) Use a booster when the child outgrows the harnessed seat. Purpose of booster is to raise the child up so the lap-shoulder safety belt fits properly.  Booster’s weight limit can range up to 110 lbs.


Seat belt (at least 4 ft. 9 in. to age 18) Use a lap-shoulder belt when the child can sit safely without a booster seat. This is usually at 4 feet 9 inches when the child is between  8 – 12 years old. 


NEVER place a rear-facing child safety seat in front of an active airbag.  All children should remain seated in the back seat until age 13.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions about replacing a seat after a crash.