Here are some links to trusted local and national resources for information on Vermont car seat law and Vermont booster seat law.
In Vermont, everyone in the car needs to buckle up. Kids under 8 are required to be in a car seat or booster seat. Kids 8 and older can use just a seatbelt, but only if it fits correctly. Otherwise, they are safer riding in a booster seat. Penalties for breaking this law increase with each offense.
Also, there is no medical exception for not using a child safety seat in Vermont. If this is a concern, you might want to call Vermont’s safety specialist. That link and many more are below.
State Resources for Vermont Car Seat Law
BeSeatSmart – This is Vermont’s website devoted to child passenger safety. The pages here have info about Vermont law, best practices, installation tips, car seat check stations and more. If you have questions about using safety seats in Vermont, start here.
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles – A very clear description of the Vermont car seat law and fines.
VThighwaysafety.com – A 4 page PDF of questions and answers about car seat and booster seat use in Vermont. It also includes contact information for Vermont’s Child Passenger Safety Specialist. This is important if you have a child with medical reasons for not riding in a car seat.
University of Vermont Medical Center – This page has safety statistics for kids 4 through 12, plus the 4 stages of child safety seat use.
Federal Resources for Vermont Child Passenger Safety
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/h3>
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.