Child Passenger Safety Law in Texas

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Child Passenger Safety Seat Systems (Transportation Code 545.412):
A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than eight (8) years of age, unless the child is taller than 4 feet 9 inches, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.


  • "Passenger vehicle" means a passenger car, light truck, sport utility vehicle, or passenger van designed to transport 15 or fewer passengers, including the driver, truck, or truck tractor.
  • "Child passenger safety seat system" means an infant or child passenger restraint system that meets the federal standards for crash-tested restraint systems as set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

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Last updated July 1, 2021