Child Passenger Safety in Georgia

Welcome to the Georgia Child Passenger Safety Headquarters!

Here,  you can find information on choosing your first car seat and how to properly install it, news on safety recalls and answers to help finding locations across Georgia where your child safety seat can be inspected.

If you don't find what you're looking for, contact Kelsey Goodman at kgoodman@gohs.ga.gov.

News in child passenger safety:

NHTSA UNVEILS CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT CHILD HEATSTROKE DEATHS IN CARS IN 2012

Can't afford a car seat?

Check this list of GOHS grantees to help you obtain a safety seat for your child.

Georgia's Child Passenger Safety Laws: What you need to know.

O.C.G.A. § 40-8-76

 All children under the age of eight are required to be properly restrained in an approppriate child passenger safety seat or booster seat.

For more information on Georgia's child passenger safety laws and child care transportation vehicle requirements, please see the downloadable PDFs at the bottom of this page.

Who is Covered?

  • All children under eight years of age riding in a passenger automobile, van, or pickup truck while the vehicle is in motion on a public road, street or highway of Georgia.

Who Must Comply?

  • All drivers on Georgia roadways with (see exemptions).

Vehicles Exempted

  • Taxi cabs
  • Public Transit

Other Exemptions

  • In a vehicle not equipped with both lap and shoulder belts or in instances that lap and shoulder belts are being used to properly restrain other children, a lap belt can be used to restrain children weighing at least 40 pounds.
  • If parent can show that the child's height is over 4'9".  The child still must be restrained by a safety belt. In addition, code section 40-8-76.1 (e)(3) stipulates that each minor six years of age or older who is an occupant of a passenger vehicle must be restrained by a safety belt. "Passenger vehicles" are defined as every motor vehicle designed to carry 10 or less. The definition includes pick-up trucks for occupants under 18.


For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions about Georgia's Child Passenger Safety Law, these Safety Tips or these Safety Sites