Children’s safety is the number one priority for parents. Especially children, who are under the age of 10, need to be supervised with regard to various conditions such as where they are playing, what kind of toys they play with, what are they eating, so on and so forth.
One such major concern for parents is the placing of their children inside their car. Given the severe fatality of car accidents, many newly manufactured cars are being modified to help keep kids safe. In addition, a new law pertaining to children’s positioning in car seats is coming in 2020. Keep reading to discover the booster seat changes 2020 will bring.
Booster Seat Changes 2020 Will Bring: The Basics
The new booster seat changes 2020 will bring include laws that will be implemented beginning from Jan 1, 2010 as follows:
1. Children less than 2 years should ride in a car seat that is rear-facing.
2. Children ages 2 to 4 must ride in a car seat with a harness that can either be rear facing or forward facing.
3. Children older than 4 years of age must ride in car seats or booster seats until they grow 4 feet 9 inches in height. (This may mean some middle school kids could be riding around in booster seats next year!)
However, the booster seat changes 2020 will bring haven’t been quoted to be significant and are actually recommendations that were laid down by the American Academy of Pediatrics previously. In a nutshell, the new regulations only clarify the right time to switch types of car seats for the kids based on age and height.
Other Booster Seat Laws
It is only that these recommendations have been turned into laws. Also, the directives are not confusing since no changes are going to be made in the existing laws. Following are the laws that will complement the booster seat changes 2020 will bring.
1. Follow specific instructions pertaining to your car’s seat or booster seat. The adjustments for installation and weight/height can vary.
2. Children are required to stay in their stage as long as they can. This is because each transition position in the seating arrangement is one step down in safety. This is why a rear facing seat is way safer than a forward facing seat and also a harnessed seat is safer as compared to a booster seat.
3. Children below 13 years should ride in the back seat of the car.
Concerning the booster seat changes, although the laws will be applicable starting Jan. 1, 2020, the laws of physics remain the same. Keep your kids safe and follow the new booster seat laws!