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    Exclamation Are European infant car seats REALLY illegal in the US?

    I had my first baby in Germany so I bought a European stroller and infant car seat that meet the EU regulations. Now I am about to have my second child and I live in the US. I was planning on using my European infant car seat but I also wondered whether or not it was legal here. It does not have a chest clip.

    I see many replies that state it is illegal. Can someone post the source/reference to support this claim? I have not had any luck searching on the internet.


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    Oct 2003
    What state are you in? Most (possibly all) states require car seats to meet federal standards. If you read your state law, you will likely see this.

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    Oct 2005

    Scroll about a third of the way down

    Mommy to my angel, Ethan Daniel (8/5/07-8/6/07)
    Mommy to Nicholas (12-29-08) RF'ed to 2.75 yrs in Graco MyRide(crashed) and a True Fit Primier. FF in the TFP and a Graco Nautilus Elite. Nicholas is 2.75 yrs old, 32 lbs and 36" tall.
    Child Passenger Safety Tech

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    Example of Michigan's law:

    257.710d Child restraint system required; exceptions; violation as civil infraction; points;
    abstract; exemption by rules; alternate means of protection.
    Sec. 710d.
    (1) Except as provided in this section, or as otherwise provided by law, a rule promulgated
    pursuant to the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to 24.328, or
    federal regulation, each driver transporting a child less than 4 years of age in a motor vehicle
    shall properly secure that child in a child restraint system that meets the standards prescribed in
    49 C.F.R. 571.213.
    Here's the link to C.F.R. 571.213:

    I haven't been able to find any import laws on car seats, but I haven't looked too hard, either. However, the state laws say it needs to meet federal standards anyway.

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