Check out these links to trusted, local and national resources for New Hampshire car seat laws. New Hampshire’s law is less than the best practices that safety experts recommend. When kids turn 7, or reach 57 inches tall (4′-9″), they are not required to use a car seat or booster seat. Experts say kids should use a booster seat until a seat belt fits them correctly. There’s a link below to a PDF that will help you make the best choice for your child.
New Hampshire law does require that all kids under 18 years old use a seatbelt. There’s a pretty heavy fine for not being buckled up, too.
If you have any questions, call the New Hampshire Child Passenger Safety Hotline at 1-877-783-0432.
State and Local Resources for New Hampshire Car Seat Laws
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth – New Hampshire car seat laws, booster seat laws, and best practices
C.H.A.D. – Child safety seat frequently asked questions page
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth – Safety seat installation tips
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services – A quick PDF of review questions to help decide if your kid needs to use a booster seat or not.
NH Child Passenger Safety Program – A long list of safety seat inspection stations, with addresses and phone numbers, in PDF format.
New Hampshire Department of Highway Safety – bookmark style PDF describing how to wear a seatbelt while pregnant.
National Resources for New Hampshire Car Seat Laws
nhtsa.gov – U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website
safercar.gov – The NHTSA publishes this site. Parents Central is the child safety section. This is a great info packed site, so if you have questions about almost anything related to car seats or booster seats, definitely check this one out.
iihs.org – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, child safety page
safekids.org – A global organization about keeping children safe, especially from preventable injuries or fatalities. Their site includes tips on car seat choice and car seat inspection events, among other things.