Car Seat Laws and Recommendations in DC, MD and VA:

By Let Mommy Sleep. May 9, 2018

Please see the UPDATED FOR 2018 Recommendations and State by State Laws here!

After analyzing over 10 years of vehicle crash data, the AAP has concluded, "The most dangerous thing that U.S. children do as part of daily life is ride in a car. Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 4 years and older." 

While car seat safety laws vary by jurisdiction, child safety seat recommendations are nationally recognized. As of August 2018, it is now recommended everywhere that rear-facing child safety seats be used at least until age 2 but preferably until 4 years of age or longer.