Colorado’s child passenger safety experts support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines, which advise parents and caregivers to keep children in the appropriate child safety restraint type — including rear-facing, forward-facing and booster seats — as long as children fit within the height and weight limits set by the car seat’s manufacturer. These guidelines are consistent with the latest advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Car Seat Guidelines
All child passenger safety violations are primary enforcement and the minimum fine is $82 per violation. This means that the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child in the vehicle.
For parents facing financial hardship, some Inspection Stations can provide replacement car seats at a reduced cost or for a small donation. Replacement seats can be issued when the seat that is being inspected is recalled, broken, expired, or isn't the right seat for the child.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to child passenger safety, click here.