Bill requires kids to use rear-facing car seats

Posted at 4:48 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 12:58:42-05

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MADISON -- Children under two years old will soon have to stay facing the rear window in their child safety seats while riding.

Lawmakers in the state Assembly just approved new legislation requiring infants to be rear-facing in their car seat until age two.

The bill's supporters argue experts say children under two in rear-facing seats are far more likely to survive a serious crash, while some opponents say the measure represents government overreach.

“Today’s vote by the State Assembly moves Wisconsin one step closer to ensuring our kids are as safe as possible when traveling in a vehicle," co-author Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) said in a statement.

The legislation is now headed to the Senate. If passed, it will go to Governor Walker's office for his signature.