New Law Affects Booster Seats

by Audry Kensicki on September 30, 2009

In one week a new law will be enacted, which could affect you and your children.

Ohio’s Child Passenger Safety Law will change on October 7th. The law will include stipulation requiring all children under the age of eight to ride in a booster seat unless the child is four-feet nine-inches or taller.

"Often times children who are under 4’9", the seatbelt doesn’t fit them," said Jenny Sampson, a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. "It rides up on the belly and across the neck. A lot of damage can be done internally with that when you’re in a crash. The booster seat is going to boost them up and allow that seatbelt to go across their hips and shoulders and chest, like it should."

The law also states every child from 8 to 15 years old who is not secured in car seat must be secured in vehicle’s seat belt.

"They’re usually not more than $20-$25 depending on the style that you buy," she said. "There is a high back booster seat oftentimes that is used when you have a car or truck with a low backseat. And then the backless booster seats are for those cars that have the seats that go up further that way there is head and neck protection."

Sampson says there will be a warning period from October 7th through April 6th, where only warnings will be issued. Full enforcement starts april 7th.

If you have any questions on the new law or would like to have your child’s seat checked to call the Carr Center at 453-5417.