Changes to the child passenger safety law go into effect Friday and the new rules focus on children in booster seats. Most seat belts are designed for adults and can cause serious injury to children. The Commission says 71 percent of deaths from car accidents could be eliminated if every child under 16 used an appropriate safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt.
The law includes the following:
- Children under 8 years old, unless they are at least 4' 9" tall, must ride in a booster seat.
- Children under four should be in a child restraint seat.
- Infants should be in a rear facing car seat until they are one year of age and 20 pounds.
Children should also avoid the front seat until they are 13. Less than five percent of all drivers use booster seats for children over four years old.