What are the State of Iowa child restraint laws?
  • A child younger than 1 and weighing less than 20 pounds must be secured in a rear-facing child restraint system*
  • A child 1 to 5 years old must be secured in a child restraint system (a safety seat or booster seat—not a seatbelt)
  • A child from age 6 to age 17 must be secured in a child-restraint system or by a seatbelt
  • Rear occupants up to age 18 must be secured by a safety belt

*A child restraint system is a specifically designed seating system, including a belt positioning seat or booster seat that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards (Iowa Code 321.446)

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