(Dec 07, 2015)
HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – The House Transportation Committee today held a public hearing on a bill introduced by Rep. Mike Schlossberg that would require infants to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat while in a vehicle.
"Numerous studies confirm that children are safer in a rear-facing car seat because it does a better job of protecting their head, neck and spine in an accident," Schlossberg said. "Accidents, by their very definition, are often outside of our control as parents, but properly securing a small child is not."
While current Pennsylvania law requires children younger than 4 to be properly restrained in a car seat, it does not specify which way the seat should be facing.
Schlossberg's bill (H.B. 1551) would require children younger than 1 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat, following the guidelines made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA recommends infants in a rear-facing car seat until they weigh at least 20 pounds and are at least 1 year old.
Twelve states require rear-facing car seats for children younger than 1, including Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin.
"As a father, when my family and I drive, the safety of my children is my number one responsibility. If there is ever an accident, I want to make certain my children are secure from injury," he said.