Wisconsin lawmaker pushes for change to car seat law

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Democratic State Representative Chris Taylor, from Madison, is proposing a new bill that would change Wisconsin’s current car seat laws.

The current state law requires children to remain rear-facing in their car seat until they are one year old-- which falls short of the national recommendations of two years old.

“What the bill will say is that children who are two years old or children who are still within the weight and height limit of the rear-facing car seat manufacture should be kept in that rear-facing seat,” Representative Taylor said.

Paula Pater, a health educator at Sacred Heart Hospital, told WEAU 13 News children are less likely to be injured in a front end collision if they are rear-facing.

“If we have a child who is forward facing in a front end collision their head or neck is going to whip forward and that can create some injuries to their spinal cord,” Pater said. She added “if we have them rear-facing in that same front end collision their bodies pretty much stay completely still.”

Pater says the main reason most parents turn their car seats to
front- facing early is because their children's legs start hitting the back of the seat.

Representative Taylor said she plans to introduce her proposal within the next two weeks and hopes to have it into law by next year.

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