Ohio car seat laws state that kids under 4 years old and under 40 pounds must ride in a child safety seat. Children age 4 to age 8 and at least 40 pounds must ride in a booster seat. A child under 8 years old who is already 4′-9″ (57″) tall may use just an adult seat belt, if it fits correctly.
All kids under age 16 are required to buckle up. (Front seat occupants are also required to buckle up. This is covered in Ohio’s seat belt law.)
The Ohio law is a minimum requirement. Safety experts have much stronger recommendations. They say children should remain in each stage of car seat or booster seat until they reach the maximum height or weight limit according to the seat’s manufacturer.
The Healthy Ohio website is a great resource for Ohio law and child passenger safety in general. Check out the links below to that site and others for more information.
State and Local Resources for Ohio Car Seat Laws
Ohio Department of Health – Child Passenger Safety Law and Fines
Healthy Ohio – 2 page PDF graphic of safety requirements
For information on an Ohio Child Passenger Safety Program near you, call 1-800-755-GROW (4769)
Ohio Insurance Institute – Ohio’s child restraint law and fines, graphic on LATCH system car seat installation
Ohio Buckles Buckeyes – this is a Healthy Ohio program that provides car seat use education and car seats/booster seats to low income families. Click the link for eligibility requirements.
National Resources for Nebraska Car Seat and Booster 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.