Tennessee General Assembly Car Seat Bill Requires Booster Seat Up to Age 12
Siblings Layla, 4 (in pink stripped skirt), Zara, 3, and Jackson, 14 months in their car seats. Story is about new guidelines approved by the Federal Government on kids car restraints in order to curb the number of car-related deaths Pic: Tricia Watkinson.

Tennessee General Assembly Car Seat Bill Requires Booster Seat Up to Age 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Toddlers would have to ride in rear-facing car seats for an additional year under a bill passed by both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville said the measure brings the state’s car seat laws up to date with the recommendations of physicians and auto manufacturers.

Current law requires rear-facing car seats until age 1; forward-facing car seats until age 3; and booster seats until age 8.

The bill would change those rules to require rear-facing seats until age 2; forward-facing car seats until age 5; and booster seats until children turn 12 or reach a height of 4-foot-9.

The Senate passed the bill on a 32-0 vote on Monday, while the House vote was 68-19. It now heads to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

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