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Washington Child Seat Restraint Law Changes in June

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - There are new laws going into effect June 1st concerning child restraints in Washington. 

According to the Benton Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force parents can make sure their child is strapped in properly by making an appointment with the Washington State Patrol.  Every other Wednesday area residents can get their car seats checked out.  

Kennewick Firefighters said in recent years parents have gotten better about strapping the kids in properly. 

Under the new law infants need to be in a rear facing car seat until they are at least 20 pounds in weight and a year old.

Kennewick Firefighter Brian Ellis said the new changes clarify the law and makes it easier for parents to understand.  He said putting a car seat in could be overwhelming for parents at first.

Under the new law, booster seats are now recommended until children are 8-years-old and either weigh 80 pounds or are four-feet-nine inches tall.

Kids under 13 have to be in the back seat when it is practical. 

The Benton Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force said there is child safety seat inspection- every 2nd and 4th Wednesday by appointment.   It takes place at the Washington State Patrol Office located at 143302 E. Law Lane in Kennewick.  To schedule an appointment call - (509) 734-7029.