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New Law Requires Kids Up to 8 To Use Child Seat

The new law becomes effective on Jan. 1 and fines for violating it start at $475.

By Bay City News

A new child seat safety law effective Jan. 1 requires kids in California to use a booster seat in a vehicle until they are 8 years old OR at least 4-foot-9-inches tall, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

A previous state law required car seats or booster seats for kids until they were 6 years old or weighed 60 pounds.

"This new law will help protect more children from being injured during a crash," said Patrice Christensen, a registered nurse and coordinator of the San Mateo County Emergency Medical Services injury prevention program.

Kids age 8 years and older are ready to ride without a booster seat when the child can sit against the back of a vehicle seat with knees bent, without slouching and can comfortably stay in that position.

The lap belt should also be low on the hips and touch the upper thighs with the shoulder belt crossing the shoulder and chest without touching the child's face or neck.

Drivers who are caught not complying with the new state law can face fines starting at $475.

For information on the new law or for help determining if a child still needs a booster seat, call Patrice Christensen at (650) 573-3728, contact a local California Highway Patrol office or go online at www.cdph.ca.gov/vosp.

James January 06, 2012 at 10:45 PM
$10 says Chuck is one of those "Minute Men" Wink wink. LOL
Human January 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
James Peef needed a body helmet to save himself. Even that would have been doubtful. Compare apples to apples sir. Fleeing the cops and blowing reds into the side of an automobile while upon a motorcycle is sure death anytime. And yes, there are laws against that. They're called yielding to the police and stopping for red lights. Had he obeyed those, he'd be alive. And didn't he grow up in the Bay Area?........
Jennifer January 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I can't help but think that the car seat company's had a lot to do with this new law. When you call LPD of CHP to ask what type of seat you should use, their list consists of boosters and 5 point harness types that range in cost from $200-$585!!! There is more to this law than just putting a child in a booster. It has to be the correct type, if there is no shoulder belt, the child must be in a 5 point harness type seat, that will fit an 80 pound child! Those cars seats are very expensive, especially if only needed for a short time. Then there was some ridiculous part about if the middle of your child's ear goes over the seat, they need a high back booster. Pretty much be ready to spend a fortune and give the car seat company's all your money
Albert Rubio January 08, 2012 at 06:34 PM
You have a point Jennifer. This idea is what is commonly referred to as 'Crony Capitalism' and is by most people not distinguished from plain Capitalism. I personally hate the term because I suspect people do not make the distinction. In 'Crony Capitalism' the problem is NOT Capitalism = Free Trade = Liberty = Classical Liberalism = Libertarianism. The problem is Government favortism and market intervention. It is like the open state privileged monopoly grant except this is a softer form. This is another strong reason to limit the size and scope of the state. "Crony capitalism is a term describing a capitalist economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, and so forth. Crony capitalism is believed to arise when political cronyism spills over into the business world; self-serving friendships and family ties between businessmen and the government influence the economy and society to the extent that it corrupts public-serving economic and political ideals."
Nadine Young January 11, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I'm 4'9 and 62 yrs old. Does this mean one day I will have to wear a booster seat? Need to crack down on the cell phone. Kinda hard when I noticed next to me a Sheriff driving a SUV laughing while driving and talking on the cell phone!! Why are they exempt??

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