Child seat-belt laws
Safety first is a slogan used in thousands of situations from apple picking (e.g., watch out you don’t twist your ankle on a loose apple) to wrestling bears (e.g., bears are dangerous). Perhaps nowhere is "safety first" more important than when driving with children. In recent years, many states have enacted strict child seat-belt rules in order to protect children of all ages when traveling in an automobile. Connecticut is no exception. Under the Connecticut Motor Vehicles Law Sec. 14-100a Restraint Law (39:3-76.2a), which was amended in 2015, every child under the age of 16 must be in a safety restraint of some kind when in a vehicle. All children under the age of one and fewer than 20 pounds must be placed in a rear-facing car seat. Children between one and six years old who weigh fewer than 60 pounds may sit in either a rear-facing or a forward-facing seat. Children ages one to six, who weigh more than 60 pounds, may be seated in a forward-facing car seat or a forward-facing booster seat. Once children reach the age of six, until they are 16, they are required to use a shoulder/lap seat belt.
Adhering to Connecticut’s laws keep your children safe, and it will help minimize damages in the event of an accident. If you have any questions, contact our agency. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your automobile liability with you.