Question: My child is 6 years old. Does she have to be in a booster seat?
Answer: Wisconsin law states that children must be in a child safety seat until they are 8 years old. Furthermore, the child safety seat must be appropriate for the child's age and size. The requirements are as follows:
1. Child younger than age 1 and less than 20 pounds: Must be in a rear-facing child safety seat in the rear seat of the vehicle. It is recommended the child stays rear facing as long as possible. Check the child safety seat for weight and height recommendations.
2. Child ages 1 to 4 and between 20 and 40 pounds: Must be in a child restraint device in the rear seat of the vehicle.
3. Younger than age 8: Must be in a booster seat using the normal lap and shoulder belt in the rear seat of the vehicle. The only exceptions are for children weighing more than 80 pounds or taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
For personal assistance in child safety seat installation, contact the Aspirus Children's Safety Center at 715-847-2206 or Safety Officer Maureen Pilsner at 715-261-7853.
The statute governing this topic is 347.48(4).