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Feds call on Florida to adopt booster seat law

By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – The NTSB has no rule-making authority, it can only issue recommendations. However its chairwoman Debbie Hersman says over 80-percent of its recommendations do get adopted. The agency is pushing Florida to adopt a booster seat law for kids. Hersman says in many ways, Florida is a leader, but lags in child passenger safety.

"You require restraints, size appropriate restraints for children under the age of four. But for those kids who outgrow their child safety seats, and aren't yet big enough to fit in an adult sized seat belt, you need to provide that added protection."

A bill that would require booster seats is being pushed by Senator Thad Altman. Hersman says the two other states without booster seat laws are Arizona and South Dakota.