The Oklahoma car seat law follows safety experts’ recommendations very closely and is based primarily on age. Infants must ride rear facing until at least age 2. It’s preferred that they continue to ride rear facing until they reach the maximum height and weight limit for their infant seat.
Kids from age 2 through age 3 must travel in a forward facing child safety seat. Again, the recommendation is to use this 5-point harness seat until they outgrow it.
Kids from age 4 through age 7 must ride in either a forward facing car seat or a booster seat. The exception is that kids under 8 who are already 4′-9″ (57″) tall may ride wearing only a safety belt.
All kids under 16 are required to use either a seat belt or a child safety seat, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight.
Check out the links below for more details and safety recommendations.
State Resources for Oklahoma Car Seat Law
Oklahoma car seat law – 2 page PDF
Oklahoma car seat law – 2 page PDF (Spanish version)
Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) – Car seat safety recommendations and a PDF graphic of the Oklahoma child passenger safety law.
Oklahoma State Department of Health – links and phone numbers for area car seat check sites (English and Spanish)
National Resources for Oklahoma Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws
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.