Ohio has a New Child Seat Law

August 31, 2009 by  

I had heard there were going to be changes to the Child restraint law in Ohio, but had not yet seen it or heard the dates it was going to be in effect. I came across this article that Angela Thompson wrote on the Columbus Stay at Home Mom Examiner. (See her article for links) when she found me on twitter. She is @mymamasworld

** Here is an update I got from a Lt. S.Norman from the State of Ohio

I read site today regarding Ohio’s new booster seat law. The dates listed were not listed correctly and I wanted to make sure you had the correct ones. This bill was passed back in almost six months ago and officers will be able to start enforcement on October 7, 2009, not April of 2010. There was the 6 month grace period and it comes into effect this October. Thanks for keeping Ohio’s kids safe and their parents up-to-date on the new laws! We are already finding that some parents are struggling financially and are having a hard time purchasing new booster seats. Do you know of any local organizations that may help with the purchase of new seats? This would be good information for those parents out there! Thanks again!
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Even if you don’t live in Ohio, be sure to check and make sure you are aware of what your state laws are.  The Academy of Pediatrics has long been recommending children stay in booster seats until they are 8 years old…so be sure you are aware. Also if any of you know of any organizations that help with purchasing booster seats, please let me know so I can pass on the information to her.

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Is your family ready for Ohio’s new child safety seat law?

carseats Need a booster seat? (Photo by A. Thompson)

Have you heard the news, Ohio parents? There is a new child safety seat law in our midst! Governor Ted Strickland signed Substitute House Bill 320 into law on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, which amended Ohio’s child
safety restraint law. Prior to this amendment, children under 4 years old and under 40 pounds were required to use child restraints when riding in a motor vehicle with older front seat passengers required to use a seat belt. Law will now require that children ages 4-8 and with heights less than 4 feet 9 inches use a booster seat when riding in a personal motor vehicle. Children ages 8-15 which are not required to be restrained in a child restraint system or booster seat, must be secured in the vehicle with seat belts—whether in a front or rear seat.

Because booster seats have long been recommended for children between the ages of 4-8, some parents already own and use the seats. However, a close eye during drop off at your child’s school will remind you that many do not! Many parents may be unaware of the adoption of this new law and may be surprised when the enforcement period begins on October 7, 2009! To ease parents into the transition, law enforcement agencies will issue warnings only for the first six months (beginning on October 7, 2009). Full enforcement, with citations, will begin on April 7, 2010. Fines for violating the child restraint laws will range from $25 to a maximum of $75 per occurrence.

While some booster seat brands may be purchased for less than $15, it is understood that purchasing these seats, especially in multiples for larger families, may be a hardship for some. The passage of this law has allowed Ohio to become eligible for receipt of federal funding to provide education and awareness activities regarding the law changes as well as to distribute free car seats and booster seats to low income families. Help is available from the Ohio Department of Health through the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program to provide child restraints to low income families throughout the state.

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5 Responses to “Ohio has a New Child Seat Law”
  1. Sandy says:

    Please see the new information I received from the State of Ohio on enforcement dates. This was given to me on Sept. 21.

  2. Becky says:

    My mom just sent me a text with a number to get free booster seats for familys with low income in ohio. Its through the Ohio Buckeyes. (800) 755-4769

  3. Sandy says:

    Thanks so much!

  4. Lauren says:

    This is the biggest load of crap ever. I’m sick of the government telling me what to do.

  5. Karen Lucas says:

    My parents kept my sister on a plastic carrier on the floor of the backseat. The rest of us were free to lay in the backseat and sleep, etc….. When the baby was fussy on the long rides to visit relatives once a year, Mom could sit in the backseat and hold her. Now we keep our kids restrained and expect them not to move because the government says it is safer. Sacrificing so much freedom, fun, and love that made all the car trips memorable in my past and replacing them with screaming children that can not be consoled in car seats. How much money did these laws make the car seat and booster seat industry anyway? Billions? Still making billions more with new laws?

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