Booster Seat Bill Clears Senate, Awaits Governor Brewer's Approval

Phoenix, Ariz. April 18, 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 Senate by a vote of 19-10 earlier today. The bill, HB 2154, will now move to Governor Brewer’s desk where it will await her approval

This marks the first time that booster seat legislation has passed out of the House and Senate in Arizona history. 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 in the country without a law that properly protects older child occupants.

Several agencies across the state joined AAA in support of this legislation including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, SafeKids Maricopa and Coconino Counties, and several other injury and trauma prevention organizations.

“Arizona has never been this close to closing the loophole in our state’s child passenger safety law,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “AAA urges Governor Brewer to sign this life-saving legislation, and remove Arizona from the list of states that do not provide adequate protection for older child occupants.”

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 to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides 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.