Car seat laws in California?

Discussion in 'California & the West' started by BigDisneyOE, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. BigDisneyOE

    BigDisneyOE DIS Veteran

    Jun 12, 2011
    Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me with what is the car seat law in California. We are hoping to do some touring after Disneyland and a Wonder cruise, so we will need carseats for our two nearly five year old kids. Does anyone know what specific carseat is required for this age group? I'm considering taking our ones from NZ as our carrier takes them for free but I want to make sure they are up to California safety requirements. Thanks everyone.
  2. Shananana

    Shananana Mouseketeer

    Jan 28, 2011
    Car sits out here are based on age. You need a car seat up to 6 years old. My daughter just turned six and is still in a booster seat. I think boosters are fine for 5 year olds as long as they fit in the manufacturer's guidelines.
  3. wnissen

    wnissen Mouseketeer

    Jan 5, 2003
    The California law says boosters are OK over 40 pounds /18.2 kg, kids must be 6 years or 60 pounds / 27.2 kg.

    Unfortunately, the seat must meet U.S. federal standards to be legal. Typically the manufacturers deliberately only label for one country at a time. In my opinion, it's stupid, but that is the law. Realistically, my guess is you would be fine from a legal perspective, but who knows? The rates for rental car seats are outrageous, so you would probably be better off just running to Wal-Mart and buying new ones for US$25. Stupid, but that's probably what I'd do, especially if I was looking at $100 per seat for a two week rental.

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