FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – Current Kentucky law requires booster seats for children up until their 7th birthday or they reach at least 50-inches tall.
The proposed law would change the requirement up to their 9th birthday or at least 57-inches tall.
Seatbelts are designed for people at least 57-inches-tall. Anyone shorter could be seriously injured without a booster.
“So they need to be raised up higher so the lap belt will go across their hip bones instead of their soft tissue which is where the belts are going to hit and cause some injuries,” Sharon Rogers of Kosair Children’s Hospital said.
House Bill 199 would boost Kentucky’s booster seat requirements by 7 inches and the measure passed the House Transportation Committee Tuesday afternoon.
The bill’s sponsors and the committee chairman all expect it to pass in the Democratic House but it could have a tougher time in the Republican Senate where the current law took 7 years before it was approved.