New car seat law takes effect Nov. 1

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OKLAHOMA -- New car seat requirements are scheduled to take effect on November 1st.

The new law may mean changes to the way you haul your kids around. So experts say now may be a good time to make sure your child's car seat is installed properly, and in compliance with the new rules.

For starters, kids must now be rear-facing until the age of two.

Car seat safety expert Lindi Gallegos, with The Green Bambino Children's Store, says the changes will save children's lives.

"In a crash, the forces will cause everybody's head to come forward, you think about when you're in an accident you get whiplash pretty bad, and your baby's going to suffer from that too."

If the child meets the weight and height limits for thier particular seat, it can be turned forward.

Another change that may be surprising to some parents: kids between four and eight years old must be in a car seat or booster unless they are taller than four feet, nine inches. If they are tall enough, they may simply use a seat belt.

You may need to re-evaluate the way your kids ride, but Gallegos says leaving them rear-facing as long as possible will give them a fighting chance in the event of a crash.

"By leaving your kids rear-facing as long as possible, their head and neck is going to be cradled on the inside of the seat and they're not going to feel those forces quite as much, they're definitely not going to fly forward."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, child safety seats decrease the risk of death in passenger car crashes by seventy one percent for infants, and cuts the risk in half for toddlers.

Click here for more information on proper car seat installation and a list of the new rules.


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