Come Tuesday, a new law will go into effect increasing the age and weight standards requiring children to be placed in car safety or booster seats. The new law makes sense in that the longer children remain in such safety devices, the safer they will be.
The current law requires that children up to age 4 and weighing 40 pounds or less be placed in safety or booster seats. The new law increases the age so children up to age 6 or who weigh less than 60 pounds must be placed in such safety devices.
A 5-year-old weighing more than 60 pounds would not have to be placed in a safety seat or a booster seat, just as a 6-year-old weighing 57 pounds could be out of such seating. If a vehicle only has lap belts, booster seats are not required.
Still, the new law will make a difference and we urge parents and guardians to take note of the law and to follow it to the letter.