What are Arizona Car Seat Laws?


Welcome to the Arizona Car Seat Law Explained in Simple, Plain English!


You have found the perfect place to brush up on your car seat laws for the state of Arizona.


We’re in the same boat as a parent. I know how hard it is to keep up to date with car seat laws plus, if you’re travelling, it can be a real nightmare if you have kids in multiple stages.

I have 3 lovely angels (during the day devils only), and we travel a lot plus, I’ve used to be a paralegal, which means that I know how to decipher boring, dry laws.

This is why I’ve decided to put together this simple-to-understand article, so you know exactly what you have to do to keep your kids safe and avoid those fines.

No matter what your question might be, I probably answered it. All you have to do is scroll down. Maybe you want to know the booster seat laws, or when you should go with the forward-facing car seat or if you need a car seat in a taxi. For all these questions and others, I have the answer below.

Let’s get started already!



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Arizona Booster Seat Laws


According to the booster seat law in Arizona, all children have to be in a booster seat until the age of 8 or have a height of 57 inches (which even comes first).

There’s no exact law when you can start using a booster seat; however, typically around the age of 4 when the child has outgrown the forward-facing car seat.


Arizona Rear-facing Car Seat Laws

The car seat law in Arizona is a blanket law, so you have to default to the manufacturer’s recommendation. This means that a rear-facing car seat should be used until 1 year old.

However, experts recommend keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible, and they recommend the age of 2 as the minimum. We all know that rear-facing is the safest way for a child to ride, so keep them rear-facing as long as possible.


Arizona Forward-facing Car Seat Laws

Again since it’s a blanket law, we have to look at the manufacturer’s recommendations. So for your child to use a forward-facing car seat, they need to outgrow the rear-facing one. This typically happens at the age of 1 or two.

However, I highly recommend keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible.


Arizona Taxi Car Seat Laws

Taxi car seat laws are the same in Arizona as with regular vehicles. Taxis and ride-sharing services are not exempt from the car seat laws mentioned above. This means you either bring your car seat or arrange it ahead of time.


When Can My Child Sit in the Front Seat in Arizona?

There’s no exact law when a child can sit in the front however experts and car manufacturers all recommend that only kids above the age of 13 should be sitting in the front.


Arizona Car Seat Laws at a Glance

Here you can find the entire law in one place:

Car Seat Law (ARS 28-907)

Law: According to the law, all kids under the age of 8 and who are shorter than 57 inches have to be restrained with the appropriate car seat. If they exceed this limit, they have to be secured by the seat belt.

Location in car: Currently, there’s no law governing where a child can or can’t sit in a vehicle.

Taxi: In the state of Arizona, taxis and ride-sharing services are NOT exempt from the car seat laws mentioned above. This means you either bring your own car seat or arrange it ahead of time.

RideSafer legal: Yes. The Ride Safer travel vest qualifies for children at least age 3 and 30 pounds.

Fines: $50

Seat Belt Law

  • Law: According to the law, all occupants in the front need to wear the seat belt, and so do all children below the age of 16.
  • Fine: $10
  • RVs: The RV seat belt law deviates from the above as in all occupants let them be in the front, or the back requires wearing the seat belt, and also kids between the ages of 5 and 15 require to use the seat belt.


What is the law concerning Leaving kids in the car in Arizona?

There’s no law about leaving a child unattended in the car. We all know that the weather is very hot, so there are no prevention laws, and still, you can be charged with a class 6 felony for reckless endangerment or class 4 felony if a child gets hurt or worse.


Is it Illegal to Smoke in a Car with a Child in Arizona?

Currently, there’s no state-wide ban for smoking in Arizona. However, there are cities that are banning smoking, such as Kingman and Tempe is, working on the law. So to be safe, make sure you check with your local authorities.

Also, second-hand smoke is known to cause illness, so if I were you, I would just wait for the kids to get out.


Conclusions on Arizona Car Seat Laws

We have reached the end of this article. By now, you should know the answers to your question.

As you have seen, I’ve used the simplest language possible to explain the laws, so you know how to apply them instantly.

If I happened to miss something or you happen to have questions feel free to reach out to me.

Maybe you can help me out by sharing this post so other parents can know exactly how to keep their kids safe and avoid fines in the process. Thank You!


Are you planning a trip to California?

To keep your kids as safe as possible check out the latest California car seat laws. Knowing these laws and applying them could be lifesaving.


Are you traveling to Nevada with the kids?

Accidents are unpredictable and by knowing Nevada car seat laws you will be able to keep your kids safe and sound no matter what happens.

Related state: Car seat laws in Utah


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the law for booster seats in Arizona?

According to the booster seat law in the state of Arizona, any child under the age of 8 or shorter than 57 inches has to use the appropriate car seat. Meaning between the age of 5 and 8, the booster seat is needed.

What are the height and weight requirements for a booster seat in Arizona?

In Arizona, for booster seats, the lower weight limit is 40 pounds, and the upper one is 100-120 pounds depending on the brand and model. The maximum height limit is 57 inches.

What’s the best child restraint system for an infant?

The best child restraint system for an infant according to arizona law (arizona state law) would be an infant carrier or a convertible car seat if they meet the rear facing car seats child passenger safety laws. It’s good to know that in states where the infant car seats are allowed to be installed on the front seat the airbag has to be deactivated. If your child is old enough then the convertible car seat is the next logical child restraint system to use. These car seats typically are not installed on the front seat even with a lap belt. To be on the safe side check the arizona law or arizona car seat law for front seat or lap belt related questions.

Is the all in one car seat a safe child restraint system?

Yes the all in one car seat is a safe child restraint system. Also only a federally approved child restraint system can be used in arizona.

Last Updated on November 7, 2023 by Brian Beasley

Written by Linda Reid

Hey there, I'm Linda, a mom of three cool kids. I've tried so many car seats, you could call me a "Car Seat Detective." Searching for the perfect car seat can feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but don't worry! I've committed to researching and reviewing car seats that are super safe, cozy, and great for growing kids. Together, we'll find the perfect car seat that keeps your child safe and cozy, and makes you feel like a super-parent!