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Ladenburg Law / August 12, 2019
It’s a good idea to review the current car seat and booster seat laws for Washington State. These laws are in place for good reason – car crashes are a top cause of death in children. Additionally, there are steps you can take to make car safety an even bigger priority.
The leading cause of death in children ages 1-13 is car crashes. Consider these sobering statistics:
Read Traffic Safety Facts for more details on these statistics.
Here are the current car seat and booster seat laws for Washington State (RCW 46.61.687):
Besides these laws, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the following:
Here’s something else to consider: parents are responsible for seatbelting kids under 16. But if your children are 16 or older, they are responsible for themselves. This means your 17 year old passenger could receive a citation for not wearing a seatbelt!
There are resources available to help Washington State parents follow car seat laws.
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