The following law goes into effect on January 1, 2012:
Children *MUST* be secured in a safety seat or booster seat in the BACK SEAT of a vehicle until they are at least 8 YEARS OLD or 4' 9" in height.
Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law.
As of 2012, California law requires that children be properly secured in the back seat in a proper child restraint system until they are at least eight years old.* Additionally, all children under age 16 must be properly secured in either a proper child restraint system or seat belt. On a first offense, a child passenger violation will cost a minimum of $475 with penalty assessments. A second or subsequent offense carries a minimum cost of $1,055. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.
New law for 2014: Weigh your child, then weight the seat, then add them together. If they’re over 65lbs combined, start using the seat belt restraint versus the LATCH system.