Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of injuries among young children today. Using your child’s car safety seat correctly helps reduce motor vehicle injuries and death.
Maryland Auto Insurance Fund wants to remind drivers to help keep kids safe by utilizing the following Child Passenger Safety Laws:
Child Passenger Safety Laws
•Maryland’s current law requires that children under eight years old to ride in an appropriate child restraint, unless the child is 4’9″ or taller. The child restraint must be right for the child’s size, age, and weight.
Child safety seats include: infant seats, convertible seats, forward-facing seats, booster seats, or other safety devices federally approved for use by children in motor vehicles.
•Every child from 8 to 16 years old who is not secured in a child restraint must be secured in the vehicle’s seat belt, in every sitting position in the vehicle..
•This law is applicable to in-State and out-of-State vehicles.
•It is the driver’s responsibility for making sure all children are correctly buckled up.
Ideally, all infants and children in all vehicles should be covered by enforceable safety belt laws or child safety seat laws or both.
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