I have heard that it is ok to not have a child car seat if you are coming / going to an Airport. I googled it and found conflicting opinions. Is it allowed as per law to not use child car seat in a cab?

As per my understanding, at all times we need to use a child car seat, whether cab or your own car.

  • Where did you first hear this? Also, it seems semi-ridiculous. How could an airport have a bearing on car seat regulations? – HDE 226868 Jul 23 '15 at 23:27
  • yeah, I too was surprised to hear this from some acquaintances but never believed. – SeattleOrBayArea Jul 23 '15 at 23:36

Yes, unless special circumstances arise.

Quoting V C Section 27360,

(a) Except as provided in Section 27363 a parent, legal guardian, or driver shall not transport on a highway in a motor vehicle, as defined in paragraph (1) of subdivision ( ) (c) of Section 27315, a child or ward who is under eight years of age, without properly securing that child in a rear seat in an appropriate child passenger restraint system meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.

(b) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a driver if the parent or legal guardian of the child is also present in the motor vehicle and is not the driver.

Note that (b) is an important clause in some cases.

The exemptions provided for in V C Section 27363 do not include anything general related to transport to or from airports; most relate only to the regulations that state that children must be in a rear seat. Here are the main ones:

(1) There is no rear seat.

(2) The rear seats are side-facing jump seats.

(3) The rear seats are rear-facing seats.

(4) The child passenger restraint system cannot be installed properly in the rear seat.

(5) All rear seats are already occupied by children seven years of age or under.

(6) Medical reasons necessitate that the child or ward not ride in the rear seat. The court may require satisfactory proof of the child's medical condition.

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Effective January 1, 2017 in California: Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat. Source: http://airporttaxicabservices.com/child-seats.html

Parents will be cited for no having car seat. Source: http://sanfranciscopolice.org/child-seat-safety

I even called CA Highway Patrol to confirm if we can take our child in a taxi without a car seat. They said "No, a taxi is still a moving vehicle, all laws for standard vehicles are applied to taxis as well."

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Yes, Car Seats are required in California in Taxis. Since taxi is a moving vehicle its a car, it doesn't exempt from carrying car seat. Its parents responsibility according to the law, if parent are not in the car, driver will get cited. Its more of a child's safety, why would you travel without car seat just to save few bucks. Source: https://airporttaxicabservices.com/car-seat-law-for-taxis-in-california.html

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