Here are some links to trusted local and national resources for Maryland car seat laws and booster seat laws.Drivers here are responsible for making sure any riders under 16 are using a seatbelt or appropriate child safety restraint.
Maryland is one of many states where the child passenger safety law is considered a minimum requirement. Many national safety agencies and organizations recommend using infant and child safety restraints longer. Please check out the safercar.org (Parents Central) link below for detailed information on best practices. Let’s keep kids safe!
State and National Resources for Maryland Car Seat Laws
Maryland Department of Transportation – Description of the Maryland Car Seat Laws
The People’s Law Library of Maryland – A more thorough description of the law
KISS – (Kids In Safety Seats) – This is a simple 2 page PDF document with images. It describes the law and has a quick test to determine if your “big kid” still needs a booster seat.
KISS – (Kids in Safety Seats) – This Maryland.gov site includes resources for Maryland car seat law (that link is above), frequently asked questions, car seat inspection stations, and more.
Anne Arundel County – Provides detailed tips on how to know you’re using the right car seat and car seat installation tips. At the bottom of the page is contact information for local safety seat checks.
Baltimore County – A great description of the 4 stages of child restraints. Near the bottom of the page is a phone number for information on car seat inspection events in the area.
nhtsa.gov – U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website
safercar.gov – Also known as Parents Central, this is the child safety section of the safercar.gov website, published through the NHTSA. This is an awesome info packed site, so if you have general questions, definitely stop here.
iihs.org – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, child safety page
safekids.org – A global organization all about keeping kids safe, especially from preventable injuries or fatalities. Their site includes tips on car seat choice and car seat inspection events, among other things.