What if you were to told that within the next 2 minutes, the time it will take you to read this article, almost 4 children would be involved in a car accident?
That’s right – according to the National Safety Council, one child gets into a vehicle accident every 33 seconds.
According to studies, a rear-facing seat is the safest place for the babies to be in. The state of Idaho, through Idaho Motor Vehicle law, wants to make sure that all the children on the road are traveling in a safe manner.
Idaho Car Seat Law
According to section 49-672 of Idaho Motor Vehicle law:
“No noncommercial motor vehicle operator shall transport a child who is six (6) years of age or younger in a motor vehicle manufactured with seat belts after January 1, 1966, unless the child is properly secured in a child safety restraint that meets the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 213.”
There is a fine of $80 for violating this law.
Idaho Rear-facing Car Seat Law
Idaho Department of Transportation wants to make sure that children under the age of 2 years travel in rear-facing car seats unless they exceed the weight and height limit set by the set manufacturer.
Idaho Forward-facing Car Seat Law
According to law, children until the age of 4 and 40-60 pounds should travel in forward-facing car seats.
Child Booster Seat Laws in Idaho
Idaho law has set a height limit of 4’9” for booster seats. Children under this limit and younger than 8 years are required to travel in booster seats by law.
When Can My Child Sit in the Front Seat in Idaho?
In Idaho, there is currently no age limit for traveling in the front seat. Experts recommend that when Lap belt lays across upper thighs and shoulder belt across chest, knees bend at seat edge, your child can sit in the front seat. This usually happens around the age of 13.
Leaving Child in Car Law in Idaho
Idaho doesn’t have any laws in place regarding leaving children in cars unattended.
Is it Illegal to Smoke in a Car with a Child in Idaho?
It is not illegal to smoke in a car with a child passenger.
Idaho Law Car Seat - Replacement After Accident
There are currently no guidelines in Idaho laws regarding seat replacement. NHTSA says that you don’t need to be replaced if the crash is minor.
Places to Get Car Seat Help in Idaho
Good Car Seat Videos for Idahoan Parents
How to Buckle a Child into a Car Seat with a 5-Point Harness
Understanding Seat Belt Systems
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Car Seat Safety by Age
Car Seat Safety
Lee Memorial Hospital Car Seat Safety
NHTSA’s Installing a Car Seat Properly Tutorial
Infants Car Seat Installation
Resources for More Info on Idaho Car Seat Safety
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