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New Car Seat Requirements Could Confuse Parents

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LAS VEGAS -- A new rule set to take effect next year could confuse parents of children who still use child-safety seats.

The rule which takes effect in early 2014 warns parents against using a federally-required child-seat attachment system.

"The new rule requires child-seat makers to tell parents not to use the lower anchors (required in cars since 2001) if children and their car seats have a combined weight of 65 pounds," said Jeanne Cosgrove Marsala, RN, Director of Safe Kids Clark County. "This is because the strength of the anchors cannot be guaranteed."

Child seats typically weigh 15 to 33 pounds. The new rule states that parents of a child as light as 32 pounds may not be able to use a common system designed to make child seats easier to install and therefore, safer. This child-seat system is known as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). Unfortunately, even with LATCH, nearly four out of five child seats are installed incorrectly.

Sunrise Children's Hospital and Safe Kids hold monthly car seat checks at the following locations:

The District at Green Valley Ranch
Third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon
2240 Village Walk Drive
Henderson, NV 89052

Sunrise Children's Hospital (Located at the circular driveway)
Third Wednesday of the month from 5 -to 7 p.m.
3186 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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