Ohio’s Booster Seat Law

As of Oct. 7, 2009, Ohio’s children are required to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats (usually at 4 years old and 40 pounds) until they are 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall.  

Ohio’s revised child restraint law requires the following:

  • Children less than 4 years old or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat.
  • Children less than 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall must use a booster seat.
  • Children ages 8-15 must use a child safety seat or safety belt.


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 Ohio Booster Seat Law

Why Should I Use a Booster Seat for My Child?


Your child is ready for an adult seat belt if all the following apply:

  • The Child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle seat back with his/her knees bent at the edge of he seat without slouching.
  • The shoulder belt lies in the middle of his/her chest and shoulder, not his/her neck or throat.
  • The lap belt is low and snug across the upper thighs, not the belly.
  • The Child can stay in this position comfortably throughout the entire trip