There are mandatory safety belt laws in all states except New Hampshire.In some states, these laws cover front-seat occupants only, but belt laws in 29 states and the District of Columbia cover all rear-seat occupants, too.Nebraska's law is secondary only for those children who may be in safety belts and primary for those who must be in a child safety seat.Ohio's law is secondary for children ages 4 through 14 years.Safety belt use can have implications in civil suits — 16 states allow the "safety belt defense," which can reduce damages collected by someone in a crash if the person failed to buckle up.The reduction is permitted only for injuries that would have been prevented by a belt.The law does not concern private, non-commercial communications, such as non-commercial web publications by private bodies.
Previously, the recommendation was rear-facing until at least age 1 and 20 pounds.
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In Indiana, children weighing more than 40 pounds are permitted to be restrained by a lap belt if the vehicle is not equipped with lap and shoulder belts or if all lap and shoulder belts other than those in the front seat are being used to restrain other children younger than 16. Police are prohibited in South Carolina from enforcing safety belt laws at checkpoints designed for that purpose.
However, safety belt violations may be issued at license and registration checkpoints to drivers cited for other offenses.