The North Carolina Child Passenger Safety Law requires children less than age 16 to be properly restrained in an age, weight, and height appropriate restraint. Passengers age 16 and older are covered by the North Carolina Seat Belt Law. The law requires that any child restraint must be used correctly according to the manufacturerâ€™s instructions. The law does not specify which type of car seat can be used at any age or weight, only that the seat is used properly in accordance with the manufacturerâ€™s instructions and meets all Federal Safety Standards in place when the seat was manufactured. Every car seat and booster seat has a different set of requirements for use that may include age, height, and weight requirements. When a child reaches age 8 (regardless of weight) OR reaches 80 pounds (regardless of age), a properly fitted seat belt may be used instead of a child restraint/booster to restrain the child. However, keep in mind that the seatbelt may not fit properly even if the child is 8 years old or weighs 80 pounds. The law does require that children stay in a child restraint or booster seat until the seat belt fits properly on its own. Booster seats can only be used with lap and shoulder seat belts. Booster seats can NEVER be used with a lap belt only. A child who weighs at least 40 pounds can legally be restrained using only a properly fitted lap belt if there is no lap and shoulder belt available for use with a booster seat.