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Reminder: New Child Passenger Safety Law in Effect

July 7, 2022, 9:30 AM HST
* Updated July 6, 4:52 PM
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The state Department of Transportation is reminding the public that a new child passenger safety law is now in effect.

Act 122, which amends requirements for child passenger restraint by requiring rear-facing child safety seats for children younger than 2 years old, took effect June 27. The law also increases the age through which a child must use a child passenger restraint or booster seat to 10 years old and raises fines for certain violations.

“Unrestrained children are three times more likely to be injured in a crash,” Gov. David Ige said in a press release. “Even one injured keiki is one too many. That’s why I signed Act 122. The new child passenger safety law addresses gaps in the previous statute and aligns Hawai‘i with the latest research and national recommendations.”

Highlights from Act 122 include:

  • If a child is younger than 2 years old, the child must be properly restrained in a rear-facing car seat with harness.
  • If a child is 2 or older, but younger than 4 years old, the child must be properly restrained in a rear-facing or forward-facing car seat with harness.
  • All children younger than 10 years old must be properly restrained regardless of how many seat belt assemblies are in the vehicle.
  • Violators of the law will be required by the court to attend a child passenger safety class approved by the Hawai‘i State Judiciary.

An electronic copy of the new law can be found here.

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For more information about child passenger safety and for information about local child safety seat inspection sites, visit the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition website.

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