Today the Governor of Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee, signed a new law regarding car seats and boosters for children. This law will go into effect on January 1 of 2020. Local Physicians advocated for these changes to encourage and educate the public on improving best practices to protect our youngest passengers.
- Children under age 2 must use rear-facing car seats. Children should remain in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.
- Children ages 2 to at least 4 years should use a forward-facing, age-appropriate child harness seat – and do so as long as possible, until they reach the seat’s height and weight limits. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds.
- Children older than 4 but shorter than 4’9” who have outgrown the child harness seat must use booster seats. Most kids will need a booster seat until 10 to 12 years of age.
- When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.
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