Arkansas car seat law simply states that kids under 6 years old OR under 60 pounds must ride in a child safety seat.
Safety experts have stronger recommendations, though. Infants should ride rear facing until at least 2 years old. Even better, they should ride rear facing until they exceed the maximum height or weight limit for the seat. Then kids should ride in a forward facing car seat with a 5-point harness until they reach the height or weight limit of that seat. Then a child can ride safely using a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt. A seat belt alone usually fits properly once kids are 4′-9″ (57″) tall, which is usually between 8 and 12 years old.
Kids are safest riding in the back seat. Never use a rear facing infant seat in the front seat, especially in front of an air bag.
See the following links for more information.
State Resources for Arkansas Car Seat Law
Arkansas State Police – PDF about car seat safety, including the Arkansas law
Arkansas Children’s Hospital – presentations on car seat and booster seat use by a certified technician, and info on making an appointment for a car seat safety check at the hospital
CarseatsAR.org – A University of Arizona site focused on child passenger safety education. The site includes a calendar of events, where to find a car seat technician, a car seat finder, and other information.
Governor’s Highway Safety Organization – car seat law and penalty
National Resources for Arkansas 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.