What is the seat belt law for children?
The law that was updated in 2008 requires children riding as passengers in motor vehicles must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old OR over 57" tall.

The expanded law will require a booster seat/safety belt combination for children who have outgrown a child safety seat - typically when they are above age five or 40 pounds -until they are 8 years old OR over 57" tall.
The Massachusetts Safety Belt Law requires safety belt use by those 13 years of age and older.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following for toddlers and pre-schoolers: After reaching the maximum weight or height for rear facing seats, children should ride in a forward-facing seat with a harness until they outgrow it, after which they should use a booster seat with higher weight limits.

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