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Missouri bill would strengthen child passenger safety laws

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A Kansas City lawmaker wants to increase the time your child spends in a rear-facing car seat. (Graphicstock) A Kansas City lawmaker wants to increase the time your child spends in a rear-facing car seat. (Graphicstock)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City lawmaker wants to increase the time your child spends in a rear-facing car seat.

Rep. Brandon Ellington is sponsoring a bill that would require the child passenger restraint system to be size-appropriate for the child and utilized until he or she turns two years of age or reaches the weight or height specified by the manufacturer of the child passenger restraint system.

“The safety of our children should be a priority when operating a motor vehicle and ensuring they are properly restrained is one way we can work to prevent serious injuries or fatalities as a result of a vehicle collision,” Ellington said.

Under Missouri’s current child restraint law, children over one year and at least 20 pounds are allowed to ride in a forward-facing child safety seat.

“Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States,” Ellington says. “Although the parent or guardian isn’t always at fault or the accident is unintentional, it is most definitely their responsibility to make sure the child’s seat is properly positioned and secured. House Bill 2304 will simply act as an additional safeguard for child occupants and an accountability tool for drivers.”

Failure to comply would result in a fine of no more than $50 and any additional court costs. If passed, House Bill 2304 would go into effect on Aug. 28.

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