Law requiring rear-facing seats for young kids takes effect

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Motorists in Pennsylvania must now make sure car seats face backward for all children until they’re 2 years old.

The requirement is part of a new state law that went into effect Friday. It directs police to issue warnings for the first year, after which violations will cost $125 in fines, costs and fees.

The measure makes Pennsylvania the fourth state to enact rear-facing child seat regulations for the youngest of children after California, New Jersey and Oklahoma.

Advocates say facing children toward the back of the car dramatically lowers their risk of death or serious injury during crashes.

The Pennsylvania Transportation Department says children should remain in rear-facing seats until they reach the manufacturer’s height or weight limits.

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