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Car Seat Law Changes in 2012


On January 1st, 2012, the California car seat law will change.

Under current law, all children under six and all children weighing less than 60 pounds must ride in a booster seat in the back seat. Under the new law, effective January 1, 2012, all children under eight or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches must ride in a booster seat in the back seat.

A ticket for failing to comply with the new law will result in a $475 fine to the parent/guardian. If the parent or guardian is not present, the driver will receive the citation.

A child's risk of injury is 33% higher if they are sitting in the front seat as opposed to the back seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Santa Monica personal injury attorneys at McGee, Lerer and Associates are experienced child injury attorneys. Contact our law firm for a free consultation with a lawyer 24/7.

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