Require MO residents to rear-face children until a minimum of 2 years of age
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There is a lack of education when it comes to car seat safety. Many people don't know that a child between the ages of 12 and 23 months is 500% safer rear-facing than forward-facing. This is because a toddlers vertebrae are connected via cartilage rather than ossified bone. These connections are able to stretch up to 2" in a high impact crash, yet it only takes 1/4" of stretching to cause paralysis or even death. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that, "all infant and toddlers ride in a rear-facing car safety seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of the car safety seat." The current Missouri law states only that, "a child 4 and under must be secured in a child restraint system." It doesn't state for how long, and it doesn't encourage parents to fulfill the max height and/or weight capacity of the seat. Four other states (California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Oklahoma) have already changed their laws to require children remain rear-facing until a minimum of 2 years of age. Missouri needs to amend their law to require more restrictive requirements when it comes to infant and toddler safety. Sign this petition to reflect the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and require Missouri residents to rear-face children in a car safety seat until a minimum of 2 years of age.
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