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MD lawmakers pass legislation to beef up child safety seat law

State lawmakers have passed legislation pushed by Maryland doctors that will change the state's child safety seat laws.

The law requires children under the age of 8 to sit in a child car safety seats unless they are 4'9" or taller.

The bill, pushed by doctors group MedChi, did not include requirements that kids stay rear facing until age 2 or ride in the backseat until age 13 as the doctors group had wanted. Maryland law still recommends that kids under age 13 sit in the backseat.

Doctors group MedChi had sought the legislation to better protect toddlers from head, neck and spinal injuries during accidents.The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines on child safety seats last year.

An earlier post misidentified changes in the law. Children under the age of 8 must sit in a child car safety seat unless  they are  4' 9' inches or taller."


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