New Child Restraint Requirements law Oct 1st

Joef

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https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/SUM/2017SUM00230-R01HB-07055-SUM.htm

The act increases the age and weight thresholds for child restraint systems (see Table 1, below) and requires that such restraints be equipped with a five-point harness. As under existing law, all child restraint systems must meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Table 1: Child Restraint Requirements under the Act



Age and Weight

Restraint Requirements

Under age 2, or less than 30 pounds, regardless of age
Rear-facing child restraint

Ages 2 through 4, or weighing 30 through 39 pounds, regardless of age
Rear- or forward-facing child restraint

Ages 5 through 7, or weighing 40 through 59 pounds, regardless of age
Rear- or forward-facing child restraint or a booster seat secured by a seat belt. (As under existing law, the booster seat must be secured by a lap-and-shoulder seat belt.)

Ages 8 through 15 and weighing 60 pounds or more
Child restraint or seat belt

Under the act, if a child's age and weight fall in two different categories (e.g., a child is less than two years old but weighs more than 30 pounds) the more restrictive requirement (rear-facing car seat in this instance) applies.
 
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