Child safety seats and RV travel: all you need to know
In the United States, child car seats must comply with the Federal safety standards (NHTSA).
If your seat meets those standard, bring it! It’s free on the plane and your child will be as comfortable as at home.
Child safety seats with a LATCH system (ISOFIX in French) are approved by rental companies and the government.
If the seat does not use the LATCH (ISOFIX) system or is not certified FMVSS, claims involving the seat are not covered by the basic or additional optional insurance provided by the rental company.
Otherwise, it will be necessary to think of renting a child seat with your vehicle, option which will be payable in advance or not, according to the renters.
Attention, it is not all the renters who suggest this option.
AMERICAIN LAWS BY STATE
Any child under 63 cm in a sitting position or 5 years old or under must be installed in a child car seat, adapted to its weight and size. The child seat must be installed in the rear seat. For newborns, the seat must also face the back seat. Here is a summary table (but not exhaustive).
|California||yes||6 years||40 lb.|
|Colorado||yes||4 years||40 lb.|
|District of Columbia||yes||3 years||N/A|
|Maine||yes||8 years||80 lb.|
|Massachussetts||yes||5 years||40 lb.|
|Nevada||yes||6 years||60 lb.|
|New Hampshire||yes||6 years||N/A|
|New York||yes||8 years||N/A|
|Rhode Island||yes||7 years||80 lb.|
For more information on differences in seats and regulations in force, we invite you to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.