Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Nashville, TN 37232


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Tennessee Car Seat Law
 

Tennessee's Child Restraint Law was improved effective July 1, 2004.  Here are the facts you need to know for children of all ages:

Proper Child Safety Seat Use Chart
Buckle Everyone. Children Age 12 and Under in Back!
  INFANTS TODDLER YOUNG CHILDREN
WEIGHT Birth to 1 year
under 20 lbs.
Over 1 year
20 lbs.–40 lbs.
Ages 4–8
over 40 lbs., under 4'9"
TYPE of SEAT Infant-only or rear-facing convertible Convertible/
forward-facing
Belt positioning
booster seat
SEAT POSITION Rear-facing only in back seat Forward-facing in back seat Forward-facing in back seat
STRAP/BELT POSITION Harness straps should be at or below shoulder level Harness straps should be at or above shoulders

Belt positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belt

Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight across the hips/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt fits snut crossing the shoulder and mid-chest to avoid abdominal injuries

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS Read Owner's
Manual
Read Owner's
Manual
Read Owner's
Manual

Height and weight measurements are estimates. Be sure to install the car seat according to your vehicle owner’s manual and manufacturer’s instructions. Properly installed child safety seats reduce the risk of death for young children by 50-70%!

For safety tips and tips on positioning and security child safety seats, click the following link: Tennessee's Child Restraint Law Handout. Spanish.

The Special Needs Car Seat Program at Children's Hospital provides additional tips and resources for children with special healthcare needs.

To read the full text of the law, click on the following link: http://www.state.tn.us/safety/newCRD.htm.


Last Edited: July 4, 2012