Child Passenger Safety

Massachusetts Laws Now Requires
  • Infants and children must ride in a federally approved child passenger restraint until they are at least 5 years old and weigh more than 40 pounds.
  • Children older than 5 and more than 40 pounds must ride in a booster seat until the child is 8 years old or is taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
  • Anyone over the age of 8 must be protected by a safety belt.
  • The safest place for any child, in any restraint system, is in the back seat.
  • You are your child’s most powerful role model so always wear your safety belt---and make sure everyone else in the car is buckled up---front seat and back!
Developed by the Injury Prevention and Control Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, April 2008