AAA East Central thanks State Senator Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, and Representative Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, for their sponsorship of legislation that enhances child passenger safety in the state of Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 1152 requires any child under the age of two, to be restrained in a rear facing child safety seat.
“AAA praises the passage of Senate Bill 1152,” says AAA East Central Legislative Affairs Director, Theresa Podguski. “Industry research, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Traffic Safety Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board, clearly shows infants and toddlers should continue to ride rear-facing until they reach the highest weight or height recommended by the manufacturer of the seat,” Podguski adds.
Although child passenger safety has dramatically evolved over the past decade, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death of children 4 years and older. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in a policy update published in Pediatrics in April 2011, advised parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing cars seats until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.