Two lawmakers push to change car seat laws

(WKOW) — Two state lawmakers want to make sure child safety seat laws adequately protect kids.

Republican Ron Tusler and Democrat Chris Taylor say state law allows kids who are more than one-year-old, or 20 pounds, to sit in a front-facing car seat.

The representatives introduced a bill to change that. They want to require kids to be in rear-facing car seats until age two.

They say the American Academy of Pediatrics makes that recommendation.

“I want to do everything I can to protect my daughter and all the young babies of Wisconsin, said Rep.
Tusler. “It is undisputed fact that children under two years old are safer in rear facing car seats. I’ll be
putting my daughter in a rear-facing car seat car seat until she is at least two and I think you should
too.”

“Infants and toddlers under three have the highest number of deaths from crashes each year,” said Rep.
Taylor. “Many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and
seat belts, but it’s confusing for parents when our statues say one thing, but their pediatrician says
another. This simple bill updates our statues, not only to alleviate this confusion, but to save the lives
of our youngest kids, and to give parents the safest, most accurate information.”

 

 

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