Car Seat Laws in New Mexico

Car seat laws in New Mexico are a little confusing in that the guidelines are based on age or height and weight.
Written by Michelle Ballestrasse
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
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Car seat laws in
New Mexico
are a little complex in that their regulations are almost entirely based on either age or height and weight. Keep a careful eye on the guidelines and remember to switch to a booster seat or a seatbelt when your child is ready.
New Mexico car seat laws are designed to protect children from bodily harm in the event of an accident. Here, we're breaking down everything you need to know to adhere to New Mexico’s car seat laws.

What is the car seat law in New Mexico?

New Mexico car seat laws are based on either age or height and weight. The car seat requirements are broken down below:
  • Children up to a year old must be in a rear-facing car seat.
  • Children under the age of seven, regardless of weight are required to be restrained in an approved child safety seat. This requirement expires on their seventh birthday.
  • Children who weigh fewer than 60 pounds, regardless of age are required to be restrained in an approved child safety seat.
  • Children between the age of seven and twelve must ride in a
    booster seat
    until an adult seat belt fits them correctly.

What are the penalties for breaking the car seat law in New Mexico?

A first offense for breaking the car seat law in New Mexico is up to a $25 fine. You will also incur two points on your
driver's license
.
Police officers can pull over drivers that they spot or suspect are driving with children not properly secured, even if the driver isn’t committing any other violation.

Can breaking the car seat law impact my driving record?

Yes, the infraction will go on your New Mexico driving record and you will receive two points on your license. Accumulating enough points on your license can result in its suspension.

How breaking car seat laws can impact insurance in New Mexico

Violating New Mexico’s car seat laws will go on your record, which insurance companies reference when determining your insurance rates.
If your insurance company—or other insurance companies—see you as risky, they will increase your insurance premiums, or refuse to insure you at all.
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