Kids under 8 in car booster seats? It could be the law

Kids under 8 in car booster seats? It could be the law
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Children would be legally required to sit in car seats for twice as long under a current bill in the Minnesota Legislature.

Kids under eight years old and shorter than four feet nine inches tall would be strapped into booster seats while in vehicles under a bill that just received preliminary approval in the Minnesota Senate, says the Pioneer Press.

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Under the measure, an adult who fails to strap in such a child in a booster seat would be guilty of a petty misdemeanor and would be subject to a fine of up to $50. Current law only requires children under the age of four to be strapped into those booster seats.

The bill's chief sponsor, state Sen. Jim Carlson, DFL-Eagan, said some children between the ages of four and eight are too small to be restrained adequately by seat belts and need the extra protection that booster seats provide.

Opponents say parents should be responsible to make these decisions on their own. The Minnesota Senate passed a similar bill two years ago but didn't make it to the House. There is currently a similar bill in a House committee.

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