A new California law that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012, requires all children under age 8 or less than 4 foot-9 inches tall to be secured in the back seat of a vehicle.

A new California law that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012, requires all children under age 8 or less than 4 foot-9 inches tall to be secured in the back seat of a vehicle.

Previously, children had to be 6 years old or 60 pounds to sit in the front. Exceptions include if there is no back seat, if the back seats are side or rear-facing, if a carseat cannot be properly installed in the back seat, if all back seats are already occupied by children under 12 years of age, or for medical reasons.

Information about properly buckling in children is on the California Highway Patrol website at: www.chp.ca.gov/community/safeseat.html.

What it means to you

The following is a list of actions that put children at risk and may be reason for a driver to receive a citation:

• Child riding unrestrained or sharing a seatbelt
• Children under 8 riding in the front seat
• Infant facing front
• Rear facing child in front of active airbag
• Harness loose or not on a child’s
shoulders
• Safety seat loose (can be pulled more than one inch)
• Shoulder belt under a child’s arm or behind their back

 

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