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Many states require that infants be kept in a rear facing car seat until age 1, or 20 lbs, though pediatricians recently recommended that this be extended to age 2.
Rear facing car seats are safer for children because their neck muscles are still developing, and in case of accident, too much strain is placed on the neck if they are in a forward facing car seat. Check out the links below for regulations by state.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_safety_seat

A child safety seat is a seat designed specifically to protect children from injury or death during ... Generally, countries that regulate passenger safety have child safety laws that require a child to be restrained ... In 2013, a new car seat regulation was introduced: “i-Size” is the name of a new European safety regulation that ...

www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services/programs/child-safety-seats

California Law. chipper logo. Current California Law: Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more ...

drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/child-passenger-safety

Children under age 8 must use a forward facing car seat or booster seat ... Violation of the booster seat and the child restraint law are standard offenses.

www.dmv.org/ca-california/safety-laws.php

To protect the well being of occupants inside a motor vehicle, you must comply with California law regarding ...

www.ghsa.org/state-laws/issues/Child-Passenger-Safety

Many laws require all children to ride in the rear seat whenever possible, and most states permit children over a particular age, height or weight to use an adult  ...

csftl.org/updated-car-seat-law-california

Dec 16, 2016 ... When the new law takes effect, all children in California under age 2 must ... The rear facing child's head is cradled in the car seat as the crash ...

www.sjcphs.org/HealthEd/documents/20161216_Carseat%20Awareness%20Poster_final%20English%20July%2026.pdf

Dec 16, 2016 ... Children under age 8 must be buckled into a car seat or booster in the back seat. Children age 8 or older, or who are 4'9” or taller, may use the ...

sanfrancisco.citymomsblog.com/safety/beep-beep-car-seat-new-car-seat-law

Dec 12, 2016 ... So your little one falls under this new law, what type of car seat should you use for your rear-facing child? You have 2 options: 1) rear-facing ...

www.safercar.gov/parents

No Child Should Die in a Hot Car: Look Twice Before You Lock ... Whether you're buying your child's first car seat, deciding whether to let your kids walk to ...