North Carolina has three occupant restraint laws. 

Their basic requirements are that..

All drivers and front seat passengers, regardless of age, must be properly buckled up.

All children less than 16 years old must be buckled up in either the front or back seat.

Children younger than age 8 and who weigh less than 80 pounds must be properly secured in a child restraint (CR).

Car booster seats are a type of CR that can be used for older and larger children if lap and shoulder combination belts are available.

Lap-only seat belts can be used for children over 40 pounds if no lap and shoulder combination seat belt is available.

 Belt-positioning booster seats must not be used with just a lap belt.

CRs for children less than age 5 and less than 40 pounds must be installed in the rear seat in vehicles with active passenger-side air bags.

When a child reaches age 8 (regardless of weight) OR 80 pounds (regardless of age),

a correctly fitted seat belt may be used instead of a CR to restrain the child.

Placing the shoulder belt under a child’s (or adult’s) arm or behind the back is dangerous and is illegal.

Children less than age 12 are prohibited from riding in the open bed of a pickup truck or other open cargo area.

Drivers are responsible for obeying these laws.


The Clemmons Fire Department will assist you in installing your car seat or checking a previously installed seat. 

                                                    For information call 766-4114