For Immediate Release
February 16, 2016
Child Safety Seat Legislation Passes State Assembly
Bipartisan legislation will save children’s lives
MADISON – Earlier today, with the strong support of child safety experts, the medical community and transportation advocates, the State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 400 which requires infants to be rear-facing in their car seats until age 2. Authored by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), this legislation updates Wisconsin’s infant passenger safety laws and follows the recommendations of both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“It is an unfortunate fact that vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in our country,” said Rep. Loudenbeck. “Today’s vote by the State Assembly moves Wisconsin one step closer to ensuring our kids are as safe as possible when traveling in a vehicle.”
Medical experts support modifying the current statute to require infants under age 2 to be rear-facing in car seats because studies show children are far more likely to survive a serious crash. Before this age, regardless of height or weight, an infants’ skeletal system is not strong or developed enough to protect the child from life-threatening injuries when they are forward-facing.
“Ensuring our laws are up-to-date and consistent with nationally accepted safety guidelines allows parents to be aware of the safest way to transport infants,” said Rep. Taylor. “I want to thank Rep. Loudenbeck for her work and dedication on this issue and the Assembly leadership for bringing this bill to the floor for a vote.”