National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs
May 13, 2011
WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board commends Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and State Legislators for strengthening the state's existing child passenger safety law.
Under the original law, children in Georgia ages 6 and 7 were still at serious risk of injury in motor vehicle accidents because they were authorized to use safety restraints designed for adult passengers. The amended law requires that all children under the age of eight traveling in a motor vehicle be secured using appropriate child restraint equipment, including child restraint systems and booster seats.
"I am really heartened by the passage of this important amendment," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "Lawmakers in Georgia have taken a major step to improve the safety of our youngest travelers."
In 1996, the NTSB recommended to the states and territories that mandatory child restraint laws include a requirement for the use of child restraint systems and booster seats for children up to eight years of age. Today, 47 states and the District of Columbia require the use of child safety seats beyond age 4, but only 29 states mandate their use through age 7, as recommended by the Board.
Additional information about the NTSB's recommendations for safely transporting children is available at www.ntsb.gov/children.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.