Seat Belt Rules

Seat Belt Rules

Before traveling anywhere, you should know the laws for the states you plan to visit.  

Our RV has a total of 8 seat belts.  Two in the front 2 seats, 3 on the couch, two in the dinette, and one on the chair behind the passenger seat.    Different states have different laws regarding seat belts so make sure you know the laws where you are traveling and follow them.  Below is an article we found online.  It’s intended to be helpful information and it’s accuracy could not be determined and the date of the information is unknown so laws may have changed.

RV seat belt laws, by state–

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  • The following states require that only the people in the front seats have their seat belts on:
  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Connecticut
  4. Florida
  5. Hawaii
  6. Illinois
  7. Indiana
  8. Kansas
  9. Louisiana
  10. Maryland
  11. Michigan
  12. Minnesota
  13. Mississippi
  14. Missouri
  15. Nebraska
  16. New Jersey
  17. New York
  18. North Carolina
  19. North Dakota
  20. Ohio
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Pennsylvania
  23. South Dakota
  24. Tennessee
  25. Texas
  26. Virginia
  27. West Virginia
  28. Wisconsin

(NOTE: Although, in the states listed above, it is not a requirement for other passengers in the RV to have their seat belts on, as mentioned before, it definitely is the safest way to travel.)

Seating in a motor home

  • However, in the following states, the law is that all passengers in the RV have their seat belts on, regardless of where they are located in the RV:
  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Delaware
  5. Washington
  6. D.C.
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Iowa
  10. Kentucky
  11. Maine
  12. Massachusetts
  13. Montana
  14. New Hampshire
  15. New Mexico
  16. Oregon
  17. Rhode Island
  18. South Carolina
  19. Utah
  20. Vermont
  21. Washington
  22. Wyoming

RV seat belt requirements for minors–

  • The age of your passengers also plays a role in whether they should use seat belts while in the rear of your RV. The following states require that children of the ages below be properly restrained:
  1. Arizona: 5 to 15
  2. Connecticut: 4 to 16
  3. Florida: 6 to 17
  4. Hawaii: 4 to 17
  5. Georgia: 6 to 17
  6. Illinois: 8 to 15
  7. Indiana: 4 to 11
  8. Kansas: 4 to 14
  9. Louisiana: 6 to 15
  10. Michigan: 4 to 15
  11. Minnesota: 4 to 10
  12. Mississippi: 4 to 10
  13. Missouri: 4 to 15
  14. Nebraska: 4 to 18
  15. New Jersey: 8 to 17
  16. New York: under 15
  17. North Carolina: under 15
  18. North Dakota: 7 to 17
  19. Oklahoma: 6 to 12
  20. Pennsylvania: 8 to 17
  21. South Dakota: under 18
  22. Tennessee: under 16
  23. Texas: under 17
  24. Virginia: under 16
  25. West Virginia: under 17
  26. Wisconsin: 4 to 15

If you intend to carry children in your RV, always remember that child safety restraint systems should never be used in any rear-facing or bench-like seating.

seating minors safely