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New car seat rules in 2014 Peyton'sMommy♥ 1 child; Springfield, Ohio 16811 posts
23rd Jan '13

A new car seat rule that will take effect in early 2014 will require car-seat makers to warn parents not to use lower anchors to tether car seats. If a child and their car seat have a combined weight of 65 pounds, the tethers may not be strong enough, reported USA Today.
Anchors have been required in cars since 2001 and are part of the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system. LATCH allows car seats to be tethered directly to anchors installed in vehicles. Along with the new guidelines, this law will affect most children over the age of 3, as well as many 2-year-olds, depending on the weight of both the child and of the car seat. The new law requires children to ride in a safety seat or booster seat in the back seat of a vehicle until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet, 9 inches tall.
The new car seat laws and guidelines keep children in car seats and boosters until they are much older and heavier. Sturdier seats for bigger kids are being manufactured, and the older tethers are not strong enough to secure both the seat and the child.
The guidelines for safe child car seat use include:
1. Children should stay rear-facing until the age of 2 OR until they meet the height and weight requirements of the car seat.
2. Children older than 2 should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness, until they reach the height/weight requirements for that seat.
The NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration currently warns parents and caregivers to

Mrs. Conan O'Brien 2 kids; Colorado 20923 posts
23rd Jan '13

Wow, is this for sure happening? That'd be awesome

Reise's Mommy 2 kids; Kentucky 1722 posts
23rd Jan '13
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Mrs. Conan O'Brien 2 kids; Colorado 20923 posts
23rd Jan '13
Quoting Reise's Mommy:" DS's pedi told me they were changing the RF law to 2 years but he didn't say when. I didn't know about all the LATCH information, though."


me neither

I'm actually a virgin Due June 9; 1 child; Oregon 18466 posts
23rd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Reise's Mommy:</b>" DS's pedi told me they were changing the RF law to 2 years but he didn't say when. I didn't know about all the LATCH information, though."</blockquote>




It has been two.

Mrs. Conan O'Brien 2 kids; Colorado 20923 posts
23rd Jan '13
Quoting P.S I'm pregnant ♥1:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Reise's Mommy:</b>" DS's pedi told me they were changing the ... [snip!] ... 2 years but he didn't say when. I didn't know about all the LATCH information, though."</blockquote> It has been two."


what? no it hasn't

Mama♥Breezy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Los Angeles, California 34988 posts
23rd Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting P.S I'm pregnant ♥1:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Reise's Mommy:</b>" DS's pedi told me they were changing the ... [snip!] ... 2 years but he didn't say when. I didn't know about all the LATCH information, though."</blockquote> It has been two."</blockquote>




It hasn't been the law, it's only been recommended. Good thing it will soon be though.



As for the LATCH updates, I heard about it a few months ago from a friend. I don't know if its just me...but I hate using the seatbelt. It seems like th carseat is never as tight with the seatbelt as it is with the LATCH system. My son has the diono radian and my daughter has the myride...I'm going to look into the LATCH weight guidelines for both of them.

[Boats&Hoes] 2 kids; Youngstown, Ohio 62966 posts
23rd Jan '13
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melindapple 1 child; Michigan 5425 posts
23rd Jan '13

I want to erf anyway so that doesn't affect that aspect of my life. However this may sound so stupid, but dafuq is the other thing they are talking about? Never heard of it, like I said I sound stupid.

Mrs. Conan O'Brien 2 kids; Colorado 20923 posts
23rd Jan '13
Quoting [Boats&Hoes]:" omg, I love your avi! So pretty. :) and the new age of 2 doesn't make a difference to me since I RF Jae until she grew out of her seat requirements. "


thanks :o yours too :wink:

Reise's Mommy 2 kids; Kentucky 1722 posts
23rd Jan '13
Quoting P.S I'm pregnant ♥1:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Reise's Mommy:</b>" DS's pedi told me they were changing the ... [snip!] ... 2 years but he didn't say when. I didn't know about all the LATCH information, though."</blockquote> It has been two."


Law is one year. 2 years is the recommendation as of right now.

Mrs. Conan O'Brien 2 kids; Colorado 20923 posts
23rd Jan '13
Quoting breezy l0ve ♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting P.S I'm pregnant ♥1:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... son has the diono radian and my daughter has the myride...I'm going to look into the LATCH weight guidelines for both of them."


I only ever use the seatbelt. I'm lazy honestly, lol. My mom uses the seatbelt & the latch system, lmao. idk, I would but we're constantly having to move his carseat between our cars since we only have 1 carseat.

Reise's Mommy 2 kids; Kentucky 1722 posts
23rd Jan '13
Quoting breezy l0ve ♥:" <blockquote><b>Quoting P.S I'm pregnant ♥1:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... son has the diono radian and my daughter has the myride...I'm going to look into the LATCH weight guidelines for both of them."


I feel this way about the seat belt too. Our Jeep doesn't have LATCH so before we had our van we had to use the seat belt and I never felt like it was snug. It always seemed so wobbly even though it was in as tight as it could be and the little indicator thing on it was green, saying it was in properly. But now we have DS's convertible seat set up for LATCH in the van and we can't move it to the Jeep because the Jeep doesn't have LATCH. Sigh.



EDIT: We're also ERF but I keep wanting to tell people I know they probably should wait to turn their 1 year olds around but since it's not law I don't want to seem like a know it all if they already know it's better to RF longer.

[Boats&Hoes] 2 kids; Youngstown, Ohio 62966 posts
23rd Jan '13
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Peyton'sMommy♥ 1 child; Springfield, Ohio 16811 posts
23rd Jan '13

If the law went to 2 years it would really be VERY beneficial. My sister's niece (on her bf's side of the family) is only 11 months old still in an infant seat and its Front faced!!! She's tried to tell her how wrong that is but she won't listen :( If it's the law it sure would change things but it's too late for that little girl. She's been front faced for the past 2-3 months.