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Rear-Facing Car Seats Would Be Required For Children 2 Or Younger Under New Plan

Currently, Mandate Is For Children Under 1 Year Old

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Wisconsin would require parents to keep children under age 2 in rear-facing car seats under a bill being circulated at the state Capitol.

Right now, state law only requires parents to keep their kids in a rear-facing seat until they turn 1. At a state Capitol news conference, pediatrician Alison Craig said that’s too soon, and that a child under 2 is much safer in a rear-facing seat.

“Rear-facing car seats prevent traumatic brain injury. Rear-facing car seats prevent spinal cord injury. Rear-facing car seats prevent childhood deaths — needless, unnecessary childhood deaths in the state of Wisconsin,” said Craig.

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The plan, sponsored by Republican Rep. Amy Loudenbeck and Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor, would not affect the state’s car seat and booster laws for older children.