NORTH BETHESDA, MD – October 1, 2012
Effective October 1, 2012, changes to the Maryland child safety seat law eliminates a weight exemption which previously allowed children weighing 65 lbs or more to graduate from a child safety seat to an adult safety belt. The new law states that a child must be at least 8 years of age or older unless they are 4 feet 9 inches or taller.
Changes were implemented in an effort to increase the level of safety for child passengers and further protect them from the risk of severe injury. Although a child may weigh 65 lbs, they may not be physically tall enough to fit an adult seat belt safely without risking serious harm to themselves.
With car crashes still remaining as the number one killer of children ages 1 to 12 years of age, parents and caregivers must understand that with their child’s life at stake, it is imperative that they take responsibility and enforce proper child passenger safety. A child safety seat can only prove effective in helping to prevent injury if the seat is a proper physical fit to the child and if it is installed correctly. According to a recent survey conducted by NHTSA, 20 percent of all drivers of child passengers neglected to read any instructions on the correct way to install their child safety seat restraint.
Fitzgerald Auto Malls remains committed in our mission to help save the lives of children by hosting monthly child safety seat inspections. These events are designed to install, check and help educate parents and caregivers on the correct way to install a child safety seat.
Monthly events are held at the White Flint Rockville dealership on Nicholson Lane, on the third Thursday of every month. Visit www.FitzMall
for details or to make an appointment.