Here are some links to trusted, local and national resources for West Virginia car seat laws. In this state, kids under 8 years old must ride in a federally approved child seat or booster seat. The only exception is for kids under 8 who are already 4′-9″ (57″) tall. These kids can legally ride using just an adult seat belt.
Parents and car givers should know that this is well below the recommendations of safety experts. Kids are safest riding in a booster seat from the time they outgrow their front facing car seat until an adult seat belt fits correctly. This means a child can sit with their knees bent at the front of the seat and not slouch to use the seat back. The shoulder belt should cross at the shoulder (not neck) and the lap belt should cross at the hip and leg bones. Lap belts that cross at the belly can cause serious internal injuries in a crash.
See the links below for additional information on best practices for child safety and details on the car seat law in West Virginia.
State Resources for West Virginia Car Seat Laws
West Virginia DMV – West Virginia car seat laws and fines. This page has a unique language translation option in the bottom right corner. It offers over 100 languages.
Car Seat / Booster Seat Fitting Station Locations with contact names, phone numbers, and links to Google Maps and Facebook
National Resources for West Virginia 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.