Child Passenger Safety Law was amended in April 2008
and as of July 10, 2008 requires children to ride as
passengers motor vehicles in a federally approved
child passenger restraint that is properly fastened
and secured until they are 8 years old OR over 57"
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.
- Beginning July 10, 2008 a child passenger restraint is required by law for children 5-7 years of age or until they reach 4’9" in height in the state of Massachusetts. This means that for children who have grown out of their forward facing child safety seat, the next step is the booster seat.
- The previous law only required children under 5 years of age and under 40 pounds to ride in a child safety seat.
- The new law also states that children ages eight to twelve are required to wear a safety belt when traveling in a motor vehicle.