Assemblywoman Judy Griffin: Law Now in Effect Keeps More Children Safe on the Road

“There’s nothing we want more than for our kids to be safe, healthy and happy. That’s why the Legislature passed a law in 2017, that’s now in effect, requiring all children under the age of 2 be in a rear-facing child car seat unless they exceed the size and weight recommendations of the seat’s manufacturer, in which case the seat could be forward-facing (Ch. 393 of 2017).

“Unfortunately, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children.[1] Research has also shown that young children in forward-facing child safety seats are more likely to be severely hurt in a crash when compared with children restrained in rear-facing child safety seats; using the correct safety seat can reduce the chance of death or serious injury by over 70%.[2],[3] This commonsense law will help reduce that risk, save lives and give parents greater peace of mind.

“From ensuring they’re buckled up to fighting for more resources for our schools, I’ll always do everything I can to keep our kids out of harm’s way with a lifetime of opportunity ahead of them.”

[1] cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/cps-factsheet.html

[2] pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2011/03/21/peds.2011-0215.full.pdf

[3] aappublications.org/news/2018/08/30/passengersafety083018