It is after the Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed stricter car seat regulations in law, which means children under 12 years and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches must sit in a booster seat.
House Bill 1012 says that a child must remain in a booster “until the vehicle’s round and shoulder straps fit properly, usually when the child is between eight and twelve years of age, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, or must be properly attached to the vehicle. The seat belt is properly adjusted and secured around the child’s body. “
Children under the age of 13 must sit in the vehicle’s rear seat.
For children under 2 years of age, they must remain in rear-facing car seats until they reach the height and weight specifications set by the seat manufacturer. Children aged 2 to 4 may face the front of the child seat until they reach the specifications of a booster seat.
If a driver is found in violation of the new law, they can be quoted with a traffic violation.
This law does not apply to rental vehicles, buses or various shuttles.
The new guidelines come into force on January 1