Recently passed stricter car seat laws in Louisiana are set to go into effect on August 1. These new laws are aimed at making sure children fit into seats properly.

The changes will keep babies and toddlers in rear-facing car seats for longer and require children to ride in vehicles' back seats until they're teenagers.

The new law for the those ages is as follows:

  • Children under 2 years old must ride in rear-facing car seats
  • Children 2 to 4 must ride in forward-facing seats with an internal seat belt
  • Children 4 to 9 must ride in booster seats
  • Children 9 to 12 can ride without booster seats based on height requirements that show they fit into the car's seat properly.

Unlike the old law, the new one considers height and weight limits of car seats as well as fit.