A new car seat law will change the safety game after October 1st. Which means parents must obey these new weight and height restrictions, too. But, most of all, it means breaking any of these new laws can and will cost you.
Clinton Police posted to their Facebook detailing the new laws and there’s big changes coming.
First of all, children under the age of two must be facing the seat. However, if your two-year-old doesn’t yet weigh 30 pounds, they can’t face forward until then. This is a major change from the previous law, which only applied to infants under the age of 1 who weighed under 20 pounds.
The new laws also mandate that children ages 5 and under must use 5-point harness. The old law didn’t have an age restriction. But, the weight restriction remains the same. Children have to weigh over 40 pounds to upgrade to a booster seat.
Booster seat restrictions also changed. Until your child is over the age of 8 and weighs over 60 pounds, they must remain in a booster seat. So, kids need to stay in one of these seats for another year longer.
If you need a handy info-graphic about the new car seat law, Clinton PD has the hookup:
However, not everyone’s happy with the law. In fact, the rear-facing requirement is under intense scrutiny from angry parents. Their issue is about taller kids who might not meet the weight requirements. You know, kids you affectionately call “string beans,” like my 4-year-old niece.
There’s no way she or her 2-year-old sister can fit in a rear facing seat. They’re both in the 99th percentile for their height.
So, maybe child safety advocates need to work out a few kinks in the law. Maybe add length requirements instead?
Who knows. Maybe less is more in this case. But, then again, this new car safety law is meant to keep kids safe. And if this law saves more lives, then it’s worth it.
So, what do you think? Are these laws getting out of hand or are they appropriate because they were designed by safety experts?