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Booster seat requirements

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Booster seat requirements

What are the rules for children riding in cars/shuttles in the USA? Is it 80 pounds OR 8 years old (whichever comes first)?

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1. Re: Booster seat requirements

Here is a new Top Question from the California Forum that has good, detailed info on the rules.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c183583/Califo…

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2. Re: Booster seat requirements

Shuttles - kids are allowed to ride without seats.

Private vehicle - kids under 8 need to be in the back seat in a booster seat if they are under 4'9".

Go here for complete info: http://www.chp.ca.gov/community/safeseat.html

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3. Re: Booster seat requirements

Actually, Shuttles (Shared Vans) and taxi's require Car/Booster seats.

http://www.supershuttle.com/HowItWorks.aspx

>>Car Seats and Pets

While laws vary from state-to-state, we at SuperShuttle support the strongest safety standard by recommending that small children five years and under be secured in a child restraint seat for transportation. Additionally, SuperShuttle does not provide child restraint seats. It is the responsibility of a child's parent or caregiver to provide the Child Restraint System when transporting children in van and/or taxi cabs. Review the child passenger safety laws by state on the Governors Highway Safety Association website.

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4. Re: Booster seat requirements

Perhaps the OP should clarify what she means by 'shuttle' - shuttles to/from hotels to the airport or rental car stations do not require car seats - in fact there's no way to secure one because there is no seat belt. Shuttles on private property (i.e. DL, Knotts, SW, US, etc) do not have seat belts, therefore, seats are not required.

Essentially, if a seat belt is in the vehicle and your child fits within the perimeters of the age/height/weight requirements you need to have your kid in a child seat appropriate for his/her age.

Supershuttle noted above is a form of a taxi service - so it is not exempt from the laws - its driver would be ticketed if he/she were caught transporting a child without a car seat. Note that it's 'policy' is out of compliance with California law because it only mentions children under 5 - whereas California law affects children under 8.

Edited: 23 September 2012, 16:59
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5. Re: Booster seat requirements

Actually the Driver would not be cited, it is the parent that gets the ticket. (Unless there is no parent/guardian travelling with the child, then the Driver ends up with the ticket).

Here is a pdf file. The first sentence quotes the law about the Parent getting the citation.

http://www.carseat.org/Legal/6_sum_CA_Law.pdf

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6. Re: Booster seat requirements

Super Shuttle is what we will be using and my daughter is 9 years at the time of travel.

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7. Re: Booster seat requirements

So you're good - no issues!

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8. Re: Booster seat requirements

Yay!!!

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9. Re: Booster seat requirements

I don't know of any kids who use a booster at 80 pounds. My son is 12 & 89 pounds and hasn't used a booster since he was 6. The kids go on class trips in private vehicles & not one is in a booster. Some of them weigh less than 80 pounds. You'll be fine as far as ticketing goes without one. At that weight it is safer to be in a booster though.

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