Alabama Department of Public Health says that driving in Alabama means there is a 54.1% chance that you’ll encounter a car accident in your lifetime. If it happens when you’re driving with a child passenger, a car seat is the most effective way to reduce serious injuries.
Alabama Car Seat Law:
The state of Alabama, through its Alabama Child Restraint Law, wants to make sure of your child’s safety in case of an accident. There is a fine of $25 for not abiding by this law. Alabama law states:
"Every person transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall provide for the protection of the child by properly using... a child passenger restraint system."
According to the law, a “child” is a person younger than 9 years.
Alabama Rear-facing Car Seat Law
According to the law, all toddlers and infants will ride in a rear-facing seat until 1 year old, and the weight of 20 pounds. It is very dangerous to put a rear-facing car seat in the front seat with an active airbag.
Alabama Forward-facing Car Seat Law
When the child gets older than 2 year and outgrows the safety seat designed for children under 2 years, they have to use a forward-facing seat with a harness. By law, the age limit until you have to use a forward-facing car seat is at least 5 and the weight limit is 40 pounds.
Child Booster Seat Laws in Alabama
The laws say that after outgrowing the forward-facing seat children should use Belt-Positioning Booster Seat. According to experts, this happen when they reach 4’9”, and the age is between 6 and 12.
When Can My Child Sit in the Front Seat in Alabama?
Alabama law doesn’t give a specific age when your child can sit in the front seat. However, it does say that you can’t put a rear-facing seat in the front. Experts say that after 13 years of age, children can use car seat belts. A car seat belt is safe when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest. After that, your child is ready to sit in the front seat.
Leaving Child in Car Law in Alabama
Alabama state law says:
“No person shall leave a child or an incapacitated person in a motor vehicle unattended in a manner that creates an unreasonable risk of injury or harm to the child or incapacitated person. A vehicle that has an ambient interior temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit or less shall be presumed safe.”
Is it Illegal to Smoke in a Car with a Child in Alabama?
Alabama wants to make it illegal and $100 fine for smoking in a vehicle in the presence of a child under 19 years of age. A bill was passed last year but couldn’t go through the senate. Now lawmakers are trying to push this bill again. (Source)
Taxi Car Seat Law in Alabama
Alabama is 1 of 35 states that exempt taxis from child restraint system laws. According to the law:
“Every person transporting a child shall be responsible for assuring that each child is properly restrained pursuant to this section. The provisions shall not apply to taxis and all motor vehicles with a seating capacity of 11 or more passengers.”
Alabama Law Car Seat - Replacement After Accident
In Alabama, it’s not against the law to use car seats that have already been in an accident. But National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that if you are in a minor crash, you can use the car seat again. You can refer to this resource to understand what is a minor crash.
Places to Get Car Seat Help in Alabama
Here are some resources that can help you with the car seat inspection and provide you further help.
Good Car Seat Safety Videos for Alabamans
Children's of Alabama Car Seat Safety
Children's of Alabama Kids and Car Seats
Alabama Yellow Dot Program & Child Car Seat Check
Resources for More Info on Alabama Car Seat Safety
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