New Child Safety Seat Rules Start July 1 In VA

Starting July 1, all children two years of age and younger will need to have a rear-facing child safety seat in Virginia. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are less likely to die or have a serious injury if they’re put in a rear-facing seat. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 328 children under the age of five were saved by car seats in 2016, but the same report states that 95 percent of child safety seats are improperly installed. If you’re caught without one, you could face a $50 fine for a first offense and each subsequent offense as much as $500.