Changes in TN Child Passenger Laws
July 1, 2004 - Governor Bredesen has recently
signed a law which revises the current child restraint law. The new
law is slated to take effect on July 1, 2004. Until that time, offenders
will receive warnings. The main provisions are these:
Any child under 1 year old (even if he or she weighs over 20 pounds)
or any child weighing 20 pounds or less must be in a rear facing child
restraint, in the rear seat, if available.
Any child aged 1 3 weighing more than 20 pounds should be transported
in a forward facing CRS in the rear seat, if available.
Any child 4 through 8 years old, measuring less than 5 feet in height
must be in a belt positioning booster seat, in the rear seat, if available.
Provision is made for the transportation of children in medically prescribed
modified child restraints.
Children aged 9 12 or any child through 12 years of age measuring
5' or more in height must use a seat belt system and is recommended
to ride in the rear seat, if available.
Children aged 13 15 must use a passenger restraint system.
The driver of the car is responsible for making sure that children under
age 16 are properly restrained and may be charged and fined $50 for
violation of the law. If the childs parent or legal guardian is
present in the car but not driving, the parent or legal guardian is
responsible for making sure that the child is properly transported and
may be fined for non-compliance.
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