How do I follow Nebraska’s Child Restraints laws?

How do I follow Nebraska’s Child Restraints laws?

The best resource for information on child restraint laws can be found here, via the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Nebraska's child passenger restraint and occupant protection law is a primary law. Any person driving in Nebraska can be stopped and ticketed solely for this violation.

- Children up to age 6 must ride correctly secured in a federally approved child safety seat (applies to all seating positions)

- A violation will carry a $25 fine and one point will be assessed against the operator's driving record.

- Children up to age 18 are prohibited from riding in cargo areas.

- Child care providers must transport all children securely in an appropriate safety seat or safety belt.


Read and follow the manufacturer's guidelines for your child safety seat and the vehicle owner's manual.
No more than one finger's width of slack between the child's collar bone & the harness strap.
The harness retainer clip should be at arm pit level.
The safety seat should be installed tight. No more than one inch of movement side to side or front to back, AT THE BELT PATH.
Children should ride in a rear facing safety seat until they are at least one year of age AND weighing 20 pounds or more.
NEVER place a rear-facing child safety seat the front seat of a vehicle equipped with an air bag.
If a forward facing child MUST be placed in a seating position with an air bag, move the seat as far back as possible, out of the bags path.
Older children, generally ages 4-8 and 40 -80 pounds should ride in a booster seat. Be certain they have upper body protection and head support. Some vehicles have no shoulder belts or head restraints in the back seats.

All children 12 and under should ride in the back seat; the safest place. Proper installation is important for your child's safety.Check our web site for the next Child Safety Seat check up near you or contact a Nationally Certified Technician for assistance.