- Wednesday December 14th, 2011 :: 07:00 a.m. PST
Child Restraints - New Law ** January 1, 2012 **
Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 929 which will go into effect January 1, 2012. This new law will require that children riding in any vehicle must be restrained in the back seat in a child restraint until their 8th birthday. This law brings California up to similar standards that have been in place with 30 other states.
Studies have shown that children are far more likely to be restrained in age-appropriate restraints, such as car seats and booster seats, if State law requires their use. Many people rely on state laws to guide them in determining how to best protect their children.
California's current child restraint law only protects children that are under age 6 or weigh less than 60 lbs. After January 1, 2012 those 6 and 7 year olds will be required to stay in their car seats or booster seats until they reach the age of 8 years old.
Below is a link that will show the complete law that goes into effect January 1, 2012.
The number one killer of children in the United States is vehicle collisions. Young children are too small for seat belts that are made to fit adults, and are subject to severe injury or death if improperly restrained. If the seat belt is across the child's waist instead of across the hips or thigh bones, they could suffer damage to internal organs and/or a spinal cord injury if involved in a collision.
Booster seats are 60 percent safer than seat belts alone. A booster seat is a child restraint that raises a child up so that the vehicle's lap/shoulder belt is properly positioned across the strong bones of their body.
The University Police Department is a certified Child Safety Seat Inspection Station. To make an appointment to have a child's car seat/booster inspected call 909-537-5165.
California State University San Bernardino Police Department
5500 University Pkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407