Texas Laws For Child Restraint While RVing
|She obviously will NOT be riding like this!|
Recently we purchased a rv and it got me thinking. With a young child (5) who is very small (38 pounds) what are the requirements for restraint?? In my car my daughter still rides in a 5 point harness car seat in the middle rear seat. Now obviously I want her as safe as possible, I but couldn't see a way to install her seat at the table, it didn't seem safe to put her in the side facing seat(which it isn't and is illegal) and the front passenger seat really really scares me. So I went to my good friend google for answers. Of course I found many many sites that gave their opinion and they had some great points, but decided to go with the word of the Texas Department of Public Safety for the final word.
**Are child safety seat systems required in recreational vehicles (RVs)? An RV does not meet the definition of a passenger vehicle as defined in the Texas statute 545.412. Texas law requires all child safety seat systems to be installed according to the manufacturers’ instructions. All child safety seats must be installed on vehicle seats that are oriented forward facing they cannot be installed on a vehicle seat that faces the side or rear of the vehicle. Most of the passenger seating positions in an RV are either side facing or rear facing and cannot be used to install a safety/booster seat. It is recommended that if you wish to travel with children who should be riding in a child safety seat system, have the children ride in a passenger vehicle, in properly installed safety/booster seats, and meet up with the occupants of the RV when the RV stops for breaks.**
I have found over the years that Texas is by far one of the states that takes child safety to the safest. All states vary with their laws so check with your department of public safety for your rules and regulations. remember it may be a pain in the butt, but you can never replace the life of a child.
To read more on Texas carseat laws head HERE!