Va. Law Requires Children To Be in Rear Car Seat Until Age 2

June 18, 2019

By Scott Gelman

Starting next month, parents in Virginia will be required to keep their children in rear-facing car seats until the child turns 2 years old or reaches the minimum recommended weight for the car seat.

The new law, which was passed last year, aims to ensure children’s safety in the event of a car crash.

“Children, the most precious cargo in the world, are safest when they are kept rear-facing in a car seat for as long as possible,” said Leah Scully, a Traffic Safety Community Educator at the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety & Education, in a statement.

Parents who don’t comply with the new law will be fined $50 for a first offense. Subsequent offenses can cost as much as $500.

A comparable law went into effect in the District in March.

Seventy percent of children are improperly restrained in cars, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, and 95 percent of car seats aren’t installed properly.

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