CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINTS APPROVAL ON BEACON Hill

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a bill requiring that children under the age of two or weighing less than 30 pounds, ride in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is facing backwards.

Current law is more general and requires children under eight to ride in a federally approved child passenger restraint but does not mandate that it face backwards.

“Research has shown that children up to two years old are less likely to be seriously injured when their car seat is rear-facing,” said Rep. Claire Cronin (D-Easton), the sponsor of the bill. “This bill reflects the current research and increases child safety at no additional cost to the consumer.”

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