Barely a week into the New Year, you might not realize that there have been some changes in child safety-seat laws that went into effect on January 1. These changes are designed to keep your small children safer when they’re in the car.
The state of California, for example, now requires that children under the age of 8 or under 4 feet 9 inches in height be secured in a booster seat. Previously, kids could stop using boosters when they reached the age of 6 or weighed 60 pounds. The Wall Street Journal reports that California is among 30 states that now mandate car seats until age 8.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who use booster seats are 60% less likely to suffer injury when the car in which they’re riding is involved in a crash. This is because the booster seat properly positions the seat belt to best protect the child.
Schedule a free inspection of your car seat’s installation if you’re not sure you’ve done that correctly. It takes only a few minutes.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend! We’ll be back on Monday with more bargains and the start of Family Time Week.