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New Child Booster Seat Law Starts June 1, 2007 – Seattle, WA


Graham Lundberg & Peschel Reminds Parents of New Law
New Booster Seat Law Takes Effect June 1, 2007

SEATTLE, WA June 1, 2007:

         Beginning June 1, 2007, a new law requires that more children in the State of Washington ride in booster seats.  Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death and injury for children between the ages of 4 and 8.  Safety experts believe that many of these deaths could be prevented if more children were riding in booster seats. 

          The new Washington State law provides:

  • Children must ride in an appropriate child restraint system, such as a car seat or a booster seat, until their 8th birthday, unless they are at least 4’9″ inches tall.  Older cars that do not have lap belts in the rear seats are exempt from the law.
  • Children who are at least 8 years old, or taller than 4’9″ inches, and wear a seatbelt, must use it correctly.  That means they cannot wear it under the arm or behind the back.  If they cannot wear it properly, they need to continue to use a booster seat.  
  • The child restraint system must be used correctly, according to the car seat and vehicle manufacturer’s instructions.  You should read all information that came with your child restraint system and review your vehicle manual to ensure proper use of your car’s restraint system.  
  • Children under 13 years old must be transported in the back seat when it is practical to do so. 
  • Failure to comply with the new booster seat law can result in a ticketable fine of $112.

For more information, you can visit the website of the Washington State Safety Restraint Coalition, or also the website of the Washington State Booster Seat Coalition.  You may also call 1-800-BUCKLUP to have individual questions answered with regard to booster seat and safety belt use for children.

Graham Lundberg & Peschel remains committed to safety on the roadways for all Washington citizens.  Please feel free to contact any of our attorneys should you have any questions or concerns. 

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