New laws for child safety seats and restraints have been updated and signed into law for all of Virginia as of July 1, 2019. Updated laws state: children are to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until the age of two or the child reaches the minimum weight limit for a forward-facing safety seat as prescribed by the manufacturer of the safety seat.
Other laws to be aware of are that child restraint devices are required for children until their 8th birthday and that children of any age can no longer ride unrestrained in the rear cargo area of vehicles. A full list of Virginia child passenger safety laws can be found on the Department of Health website.
If you would like to check that your child’s carseat is installed correctly, Virginia offers free Safety Seat Checks. You can make an appointment and check the calendar for Safety Seat Checks in your area here.