New California Law Will Require Rear-Facing Car Seats for Children Under Age 2

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The way young children sit in cars is about to change in California.

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a measure that requires children younger than 2 to sit in a rear-facing child-safety seat while traveling in a vehicle.

The bill, AB 53 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), will not apply to children who weigh more than 40 pounds or are 40 inches or taller. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Garcia and other backers say the law will protect children.

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