Bill requires kids under 8 to sit in booster seats

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Children under age 8 would have to be secured in a booster seat when riding in a passenger vehicle under legislation making its way through the Legislature.

Current law requires booster seats for children under 5 and less than 3 feet tall. The bill approved by the House on Monday would raise the requirement to include children under 8 years old or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches.

Experts testified that children between 4 and 8 who are using adult restraints are likely to suffer severe head, spinal cord and internal injuries in an accident and that booster seats can reduce that risk of injury by more than 50 percent.

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