Tennessee lawmakers OK longer car seat requirements
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Toddlers would have to ride in rear-facing car seats for an additional year under a bill passed by both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Democratic Rep. John Ray Clemmons of Nashville said the measure brings the state’s car seat laws up to date with the recommendations of physicians and auto manufacturers.
Current law requires rear-facing car seats until age 1; forward-facing car seats until age 3; and booster seats until age 8.
The bill would change those rules to require rear-facing seats until age 2; forward-facing car seats until age 5; and booster seats until children turn 12 or reach a height of 4-foot-9.
The Senate passed the bill on a 32-0 vote on Monday, while the House vote was 68-19. It now heads to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.