September 18-24 is National Child Passenger Safety Week. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia Department of Public Health and our partners will be holding free seat checks around the state during the week. More information will be posted soon.
Here, you can find information on choosing the right car seat for your child’s height and weight, how to correctly install it based on manufacturer instructions and Georgia law and where to go to help if you need assitance installing your car seat or want to know if your current car seat is installed correctly.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for in the following pages, contact GOHS at 404-463-0364.
Georgia‘s Child Passenger Safety Laws…What You Need To Know
For reference, the text of Georgia’s child passenger safety seat laws can be found at O.C.G.A. 40-6-76. All children under the age of eight are required to be properly restrained in an approppriate child passenger safety seat or booster seat.
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 (see exemptions).
- Taxi cabs
- Public Transit
- 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 eight 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 15 or less. The definition includes pick-up trucks for occupants under 18.