Driving a reputable, high-quality vehicle is incredibly important for your child’s safety. However, using the proper, age-appropriate infant car seat, booster seat or child restraint system will safeguard your little one best of all.
While many moms and dads already know the buckling-up basics, new parents across Arizona aren’t likely to know the difference between an infant car seat and a convertible car seat, let alone the state’s child safety seat laws. This guide’s for those parents who are new to the game—or those who simply need a refresher on Arizona’s car seat regulations.
AZ Laws & NHTSA Guidelines by Age
Each state has its own set of laws, which makes things difficult for parents who’ve just moved to a new part of the country. Here’s a breakdown of Arizona’s car seat laws, booster seat requirements and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recommendations by age:
- 0-8 Years: All children between 0 and 8 years of age must be restrained properly in the appropriate car seat for their weight and height. This includes rear-facing (infant) car seats, forward-facing car seats, booster seats, convertible car seats and all-in-one systems. (Law)
- 0-12 Months: All infants should be in a rear-facing infant car seat until their first birthday. (NHTSA)
- 1-3 Years: Children under the age of 3 years should be kept in a rear-facing car seat until he or she meets the car seat manufacturer’s suggested height and weight limit. (NHTSA)
- 4-7 Years: Once they’ve outgrown the rear-facing seat, children between the age of 4 and 7 years can transition to a booster seat, with or without a backrest. Follow the official weight limits outlined on your booster seat to determine the right transition time. (NHTSA)
- 5-8 Years: Children between the ages of 5 and 8 years and taller than 4’9” can be restrained via seatbelt. If the child is shorter than 4’9”, he or she should be fastened to a booster seat. (Law)
- 8-12 Years: Children between 8 and 12 years of age can be fastened by a regular seatbelt—so long as the lap belt rests flat on the lap and the shoulder strap doesn’t extend past the collarbone. Otherwise, they should remain in a booster seat. (NHTSA)
- 13+ Years: Until your child becomes an official teenager, they should remain buckled up in the back seat. (NHTSA)
Car Seat Inspections
Arizona law requires that all child car seats be installed properly. As any new parent can attest, installing a car seat is often far more confusing than it looks. Instead of playing the guessing game and incorrectly installing your child’s seat in your Honda, bring it to a federally certified car seat technician near you. You can look up inspection and installation locations in your neighborhood here. (And don’t forget to register your car seat when you’re done!)
Honda Sensing: Offering Peace of Mind to Parents Everywhere
Honda Sensing, one of the industry’s most respected sets of safety features, is standard on the 2020 Accord and available in every new 2019 and 2020 Honda model, including the Honda Odyssey and all-new Passport. The following driver-assist and active safety systems are included:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System: Applies the appropriate amount of brake pressure to avoid a collision.
- Road Departure Mitigation System: When your Honda begins to veer outside of its lane, RDM gently steers you back.
- Adaptive Cruise Control: An upgrade to standard cruise control, ACC automatically adjusts speed to match a preset following distance.
- Lane Keeping Assist System: LKAS preemptively centers you in your lane by adjusting steering.
- Traffic Sign Recognition: A small camera ensures you’re always aware of posted speed limits.
- LaneWatch: When activating the right-turn signal, a camera on the passenger-side mirror projects a live feed of your blind spot to your touchscreen display.
- Blind Spot Information System: Audible beeps and warning lights will flash when vehicles are detected in your blind spot.
- Cross Traffic Monitor: While reversing, your Honda detects and warns you of incoming side-to-side traffic.
- Auto High-Beam Headlights: The headlamps will automatically switch between high- and low-beam lighting in certain nighttime driving conditions.