2005-03-25 / Community

Pheffer Bill: Car Seats Up To 7 Years Of Age

Assemblymember Audrey I. Pheffer has announced that a new law that she sponsored will go into effect March 27 requiring appropriate child restraint systems for automotive passengers aged 4, 5, and 6 years (Ch. 509 of 2004).

“Automotive accidents are the leading cause of death for children between 6 and 14,” Assemblywoman Pheffer said. “Making sure children are using appropriate restraint systems is a common sense measure that will save many young lives.”

Current law on child safety seats covers only passengers up to age 4. Assemblywoman Pheffer stated that the law needed to be expanded, pointing out that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends those children less than 4’9” tall be in a booster seat.

An additional piece of legislation sponsored by the Assemblywoman will require that booster seats be used in combination with lap and shoulder belts (A.3357).

“Many parents assume that their children are safe in a seat belt once they’re no longer legally required to be in child safety seats,” said Pheffer. “But the fact is, seat belts are designed for adults and can be dangerous for children.”

Assemblywoman Pheffer also noted that over 47 percent of fatally injured children ages 4 to 7 are completely unrestrained.

The law will also require a notice in all rental car agencies reflecting the changes.

“Booster seats are a simple and effective measure to keep our children safe,” said Pheffer. “This law provides greater protection to more of our children.”

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