What You Need To Know: Mississippi Child Restraint Laws

The Mississippi child restraint laws are designed to help ensure children are sufficiently protected when travelling in a vehicle. Seat belts can be a major factor which determines whether a child could suffer a lesser or more serious (or even a fatal) injury.

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Currently in Mississippi, there are many drivers who disregard the child restraint laws and these people are putting their child’s life at a significant risk.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety revealed that 76% of children (under the age of 16) who died in an auto accident were not restrained by a seat belt. Failing to make sure your child (or any child passengers) are properly restrained means you are breaking the law and ultimately putting the child’s life in danger.

The Mississippi State Department of Health recorded, in 2015, that 90% of children were restrained improperly.

You may believe your child is properly restrained because they are wearing a seat belt. However, children have to wear a specific restraint, depending on their age, health*, height and weight.

*Some children will require specialised restraints if they have physical difficulties or behavioural issues.

What are the Child Restraint Laws in Mississippi?

In the table below is the Mississippi child restraint laws you must follow:


Required Legal Child Restraint

Birth to age 1 (or if the child is below 20 pounds)

Rear-facing or convertible rear-facing seat

Age 1 to age 4 (or between 20 to 40 pounds)

Forward-facing seat or convertible forward-facing seat

Age 4 to age 7

Booster seat

Age 8 to age 15

Must wear car seat belt

Rear-facing seats face the back of the vehicle. These type of seats are more appropriate for babies because they support the neck and back so, if you’re involved in an accident, it helps protect the baby from sustaining any serious injuries.

Forward-facing seats face the front of the vehicle.

Booster seats help the seat belt fit properly around the child to ensure the belt works effectively.

NEW seat belt law update

From 1 July 2017 all back seat passengers will be required to wear a seat belt. Originally in Mississippi, only children and front seat passengers had to wear seat belts. However, a new law will soon go into effect which requires everyone to wear a seat belt.

How to improve a child’s safety when travelling in a vehicle

As mentioned above, many car accident deaths, involving children, could have been avoided if they wore a seat belt. You can help reduce the risk by making sure every child in your car is wearing the correct safety restraint. Please refer to the Mississippi child restraint laws table (above) to ensure your child is safely secured and make sure you’re following the law.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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