Booster Seat Bill Clears House, Moves to Senate

Phoenix, Ariz. March 2, 2012. Legislation that would require children under eight years old or under 4’9” tall to sit in a booster seat when riding in a vehicle passed out of the Arizona House of Representatives by a vote of 38-17 late Thursday. The bill, HB 2154, will now move to the Senate for consideration.

This marks the first time that booster seat legislation has passed out of the House in the state. Sponsored by Representative Nancy McClain (R), HB 2154 aims to close the loophole in Arizona’s current flawed child passenger safety law, which allows parents and caregivers to transition children from a car seat to an adult safety belt at the age of five. Arizona is one of only three states in the country without a law that properly protects older child occupants.

“This is a huge stride forward in protecting Arizona’s children,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “We commend the House of Representatives for their efforts in helping close the loophole in our current state law, as well as Representative McClain for championing this life-saving legislation.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the proper use of a safety seat can reduce a child’s fatality risk by up to 71 percent. In addition, in 2010, all of the five to eight year-old deaths due to car crashes were not properly restrained.

Arizonans can monitor the progress and take action on HB 2154, as well as other transportation related issues, by visiting AAA’s legislative action center.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on the streets and highways of the state as well as providing insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. In 2008, AAA was ranked the No. 1 “socially responsible” brand by Landor’s BrandAsset® Valuator.