|Louisiana Child Passenger Seat Law/Best Practice|
|Age/Size (State Law)||Restraint Use (State Law)|
|Birth to at least 1 year or less than 20 pounds||Ride rear-facing in an infant or convertible seat|
|1 year old, but younger than 4 years old or 20 to 40 pounds||Ride forward-facing in convertible or combination seat (used with the internal harness)|
|4 year old, but younger than 6 years old and weighs 40 to 60 pounds||Ride in a belt-positioning booster seat (backless or high-backed)|
|6 years old and weighs more than 60 pounds||Ride using the vehicle lap-shoulder belt or belt-positioning booster seat|
|Age/Size (Recommended Practice)||Restraint Use (Recommended Practice)|
|Birth to 2 years old||Ride rear-facing in an infant (that meets weight requirements for seat) or convertible seat|
|3 year old and weighs 20 to 40 pounds||Ride forward-facing in convertible or combination seat (used with the internal harness)|
|4 to 6 year old, weighs less than 60 pounds, and not 4’9”||Ride in a belt-positioning booster seat (backless of high-backed)|
|6 year old, weighs more than 60 pounds, and 4’9”||Ride using the vehicle lap-shoulder belt|
Convertible seat: May be used rear-facing (5-30 pounds) or forward facing to 40 pounds
Combination seat: May be used forward facing with internal harness to 40 pounds, then the harness is removed and it may be used as a beltpositioning booster with vehicle lap-shoulder belt to 80/100 pounds
A child who because of age or weight can be placed in more than one category shall be placed in the more protective category.
A child under the age of thirteen should ride in the rear seat position in the vehicle, if rear seats are available.
Always read car seat instructions (for specific wt/ht limits) and the vehicles owner’s manual for installation guidance. For more information, visit www.safekids.org or www.dps.state.la.us (click on Highway Safety) or call (225) 925-6991 (LHSC) or (504) 568-2508 (SAFE KIDS)