NH has a reputation for being a state where you can do whatever you want because there are no rules. While we may restrict fewer things than other states, the idea that we don’t have rules just isn’t true. For example, we have many laws and regulations that keep our kids safe in the car. It’s important for NH drivers to know these laws both to keep their young passengers safe and to get the most out of their NH auto insurance.
Here’s was NH auto insurance providers want you to know keeping your kids safe in the car.
Use rear-facing car seats for as long as possible.
Rear-facing car seats are the safest option for young children. In the event of an accident, a rear-facing car seat absorbs most of the impact and supports your child’s head, neck, and spine. Babies’ and toddlers’ heads are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their body, so you risk injuries to their spine and head. This is because their head is thrown forward in an accident. In a rear-facing seat, the force of the crash will push them into the seat, protecting their spine.
NH law requires kids to use a booster until the age of 8.
While there isn’t a law concerning when kids can transition from a front-facing car seat to a booster seat, it is recommended to use the manufacturer’s guidelines. By law, kids do have to use a booster seat until they are 8 years old. There is an exception, however, for younger kids who are 57 inches or taller. But parents should still use their best judgment regarding their child’s safety. Both height and weight matter when deciding whether or not a child still needs a booster seat. You may have a tall 7-year-old who is very lightweight. Look at where the seatbelt sits. It should be across the center of the child’s shoulder and chest.
Wait to let children sit in the front seat.
NH does not have a law concerning when kids can ride in the front seat, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you wait until they are 13 until they can ride up front. This is because airbags can be dangerous or even fatal for a child in the case of an accident. The backseat will always be the safest place for kids to ride.