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Nebraska's new car seat law: Frequently asked questions

Posted at 2:28 PM, Apr 05, 2018

Earlier this week, LB42 was signed into law in the State of Nebraska. The new law, which requires children younger than age 8 to be in car seats and children younger than age 2 to be in a rear-facing seat, caused a stir on Facebook, leaving many with questions. 

Because of some confusion about the new law, we decided to answer some frequently asked questions. 

When does it go into effect? 

Jan. 1, 2019

What are the laws like in other states?

In Iowa, children 6 and under must be restrained in a car seat and children less than 1 must be rear-facing. In Colorado, the law is very similar to LB42. Once children are 8, they can use a standard seat belt and children under the age of 1 must be rear-facing.

Are there exceptions for rear-facing 2-year-olds?

Yes, if the child is larger than the manufacturer's maximum allowable height and weight.

Are there any exceptions for children younger than age 8 in a booster seat? 

Yes, if the child has a physician's note saying being restrained in a car seat because of their weight, physical condition or other medical reason, they are exempt.

Why are booster seats helpful? 

According to this video from the Henrico County (Va.) Police