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Missouri House backs rear-facing car seats for babies

March 5, 2020 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Children younger than 2 would have to be strapped into rear-facing car seats whenever traveling in Missouri, if a bill passed Thursday by the state House becomes law.

Supporters said the legislation would better protect young children in the case of vehicle collisions or sudden braking.

State law currently requires a child passenger restraint system for children until they reach age 4 or weigh at least 40 pounds, whichever comes later. But Missouri law currently doesn’t address whether infants must be placed in rear-facing seats, which could better restrain their bodies.

Eleven other states have some sort of law requiring rear-facing child restraint systems until age 2, and nine additional states require it until age 1, according to the national Governors Highway Safety Association.

The Missouri House passed the legislation by a 105-41 vote. It now goes to the Senate.