Child seat law changes on Sunday

Could you please tell my dad what the new rules are for kids in car seats? I don't want to be in my booster seat any more.

— Ben F., Medford

Chances are, Ben, that if you're big enough to fire off a Since You Asked you're probably big enough to ditch the booster seat Sunday.

A new law passed this year by the Oregon Legislature changes the booster-seat requirements and goes into effect Sunday. The new rule means that children 8 years old or taller than 4 feet 9 inches no longer need booster seats, but they still must be secured by a seat belt.

The old rule called for booster seats until kids were 6 years old and weighed at least 60 pounds, though national health experts always recommended booster seats until kids were 8 years old and 80 pounds.

Infants must ride rear-facing until they are at least a year old and weigh 20 pounds, the law states. Also, children who are more than 40 pounds must be properly fastened in a booster seat until they hit the 8-year-old or 4-foot-9-inch thresholds.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.

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