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New Car Seat Laws in Effect in Georgia

Booster Seats Now Required for Children Up to 8 Years Old

Along with fireworks and cookouts, the Independence Day weekend saw the introduction of new seatbelt and infant car seats laws for Georgia children. The new laws were effective July 1 and will require some Georgia families to dust off booster seats they thought were no longer needed.

The new law raises the age for which booster seats are required from 6 to 8 years old. Violation of the law is punishable by a $50 fine for the first offense. Subsequent offenses can lead to a maximum fine of $100.

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The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety recommends that young children should be carried in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height limit for the seat. At that point, they should be transitioned to a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they reach the maximum height or weight for the new seat. When they outgrow that seat, children should ride in a booster seat until they are 8 years old or until they are over 4 feet 9 inches tall. In all cases, the child seat must be positioned in the rear seat of the car.

There are some additional exceptions to the law. If a child is over 40 pounds, they can use a lap belt only if the auto is not equipped with shoulder harnesses or if the shoulder harnesses are being used to restrain other children. The law covers all autos and pickup trucks on Georgia’s public roads except for taxis and public transportation vehicles such as buses. Additionally, children may be restrained in the front seat of a vehicle that does not have a rear seat. Children can also be exempted from the law if they have a written statement from a physician detailing a medical condition.

According to Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, on the GOHS website, “This bill will bring Georgia in line with the age recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

According to GOHS, there were 14,154 children aged 6 to 8 involved in auto accidents in 2008. 1,755 of these children were injured and 10 were killed. The GOHS estimates that only 12 percent of these children were properly restrained with a car seat or booster seat. Hospitalization and medical costs for these children is millions of dollars per year.

The law has met with some criticism. Some parents have voiced concern that their vehicles cannot accommodate car seats for all of their children. Others have expressed concern that the law should have been phased in gradually because families with children who were older than 6 may have discarded their booster seats in accordance with the old law and may now have to buy a new one to use for only a few months until their children turn 8. Additionally, children who have become used to not having a booster seat may feel a blow to their pride to be forced back into something that they feel they have outgrown.


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Informations about Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant Car Seat

Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant Car Seat

The Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant car seat is another excellent buy for those with safety at the foremost in their minds. This car seat has been rated one of the safest infant car seats on the market and also one of the most convenient.

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Chicco Key Fit 30 Infant Car Seat

The Chicco Key Fit has an enhanced harness that allows you to use it for infants up to 30lbs (most one year olds). This allows you to use the seat for a longer period of time and keep it as safe as possible, even beyond the normal recommended time for infants to be in a rear facing seat. It has the advantage over most other car seats which only fit up to 22 lbs. The Key Fit is fully FMVSS 213 certified and lined with impact absorbing foam in case of an accident. It is also easy to install correctly, ascertaining that you won’t have to worry about an accident with your baby because of incorrect installation. It also comes with an infant insert for the first month or two of the baby’s life which will guarantee your baby’s safety and comfort.

The Key Fit is easy to install with either LATCH or your regular seatbelts and the base has a 1-pull LATCH tightening system which allows for the easiest installation with the tightest fit. It also has a level indicator to display the proper angle of the car seat and has an easy foot prop to get the optimum angle every time.

The car seat itself is light and sleek, weighing 16 pounds with the base and 9 pounds without. This makes it easy for the parents to carry in and out of the car if they need to. It’s a little wider than other car seats, but this simply makes it easier to fit in your larger child for longer periods of time. The fabric of the car seat is removable and easy to wash in the washing machine, making it easy to care for. It too is compatible with different styles of strollers. It also has a 5-point harness with an easy one pull adjustment. It also has a sealed underside to keep out the debris that seems to permeate all vehicles at one time or another, so you don’t have to worry about gunk being stuck in the seat.

For your child, the seat is comfortably made with thick padding and luxurious fabrics. The harness and shoulder pads are easy to adjust for the ideal fit and are soft and comfortable. Once again, your child is going to be more comfortable than you are in your seat, so you don’t have to worry about the child’s discomfort on longer car trips.

The Chicco Key Fit can be ordered online at www.elitecarseats.com/Chicco-Key-Fit-30.pro for $180. You can also find it online at yahoo shopping for between 170-$190. This is a little pricier than other car seats, but there are many happy parents who consider it well worth the extra money because of its safety features and the wide range of colors, as well as the wider sun roof to shade your child.

The Chicco Key Fit is easily comparable to the Graco car seat and either one is a good buy, so it’s really up to your personal preferences.


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