First you have to figure out what equipment the current law requires and then you have to figure out how to install it, hoping your car seat will fit your current vehicle.
When rules and regulations pile up and constantly change it is almost impossible to do it right.
Car Seat Laws
* Rear facing seats should never be used in the front seat if the vehicle contains an active passenger-side airbag. Although not mandated, the safest place for your child of any age is in the back seat of the vehicle.Too many kids in the family, too bad.
** Independent of regulations, children between the ages of 4 and 8, or weighing under 80 lbs, should sit in a booster seat.
Required: This is an explicit State requirement.
Permissible: State law won't stop you, but use your judgment; this may not be the best choice.
Permissible/Required: You're allowed to use this, but there are other factors you should consider. See the hints below for more.
Optional: Not a requirement, but you might want to use it anyway.
Not Permissible: Sorry, no can do. State law says it's not allowed.
Not Necessary: State law doesn't say you need it.
Not Recommended: State law doesn't say no, but we do - and so does NHTSA.
Strongly Suggested: State law doesn't say you have to, but we think you should - and so does NHTSA.
Not enough money for new car seats because the old ones are non-compliant, too bad.
It's amazing anyone over forty lived through childhood without the benefit of federal regulations.