Take the first steps toward installing your child car seat successfully by reading the instruction manual that came with the seat and your vehicle
Need help with your car seat? Visit https://wacarseats.com/ to find a car seat inspection
WA State Car Seat Law
Washington's Child Restraint Law changed in January 2020. Review the current rules and download printable flyers in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean and
Tagalog at www.wacarseats.com
Child Seat Installation Videos
Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration for detailed information about car seats, installation, and how-to videos.
Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat?
- Children under the age of 2 must ride in a rear-facing car seat as required by Washington law. After age 2, we recommend keeping children rear-facing until they
reach the maximum weight and height limits allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
Children ages 2-4 must ride in a car seat rear OR forward facing
with a harness. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats until they reach the upper weight or height limit
allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
- Children 4 and older must ride in a car or booster seat until they are at least 4 foot 9 inches tall. We also recommend using the 5-step test when determining whether your child is ready for an adult seat belt because not all
children will fit a seat belt properly in all cars at the 4 foot 9 height. See: When is
my child ready for an adult seat belt?
- Children under age 13 must ride in the back seat.