Help understanding the law please

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Dillipop

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What part?

Starting on Jan 1, if a child is under 2 and under 40 pounds and under 40 inches, the child must sit rearfacing. Between 2 and 8, a child must use a child restraint. Over 8 and through 15, a seatbelt is acceptable over 57 inches.

This is just a summary from a third party. The actual wording of the law may be different.


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Dillipop

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So, all 3 have to be met to require rearfacing- under 2, under 40 lbs, and under 40 inches. As soon as one of those conditions is met, the child no longer HAS to resurface by law. So her child is over age 2, which makes that portion of the restraint law not apply to her. She does however, have to be in a restraint. At 3, that would either be a rearfacing restraint or a forward facing 5 point harness.


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ketchupqueen

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What part?

Starting on Jan 1, if a child is under 2 and under 40 pounds and under 40 inches, the child must sit rearfacing. Between 2 and 8, a child must use a child restraint. Over 8 and through 15, a seatbelt is acceptable over 57 inches.

This is just a summary from a third party. The actual wording of the law may be different.


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So our law actually has nothing about 57 inches. The law states that the belt must fit properly.

Here's an accurate summary of current and future law:

Current Law
New Rear-Facing Law

A 3 year old must be in a properly used car seat in the back seat. That's the only restriction for that age.
 

Dillipop

Well-known member
So our law actually has nothing about 57 inches. The law states that the belt must fit properly.



Here's an accurate summary of current and future law:



Current Law

New Rear-Facing Law



A 3 year old must be in a properly used car seat in the back seat. That's the only restriction for that age.



Thanks. That's why I put the disclaimer- the chart she linked to has 57" in it for the 8-15 crowd.

I wish sites that summarize the laws would put links directly to the full law.


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lanwenyi

New member
So our law actually has nothing about 57 inches. The law states that the belt must fit properly.

Here's an accurate summary of current and future law:

Current Law
New Rear-Facing Law

Are those flyers available in Spanish???

I'd love to get them approved by my district and handed out at my school (where 2nd graders are holding babies in their laps in the front seat, no one wears a seat belt, and 4-6 kids climb into a 5 passenger car that's already holding 2 adults)

ETA: I found the first one!
 
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