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Old 08-05-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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A friend just e-mailed me stating that her in-laws ff'ed an 8 MONTH OLD and said it was okay because it is "legal" My friend is asking for links/references that state it is not legal.. PLEASE HELP!!!! Praying for this sweet baby in the mean time!!!

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Old 08-05-2011, 03:16 PM   #2
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http://www.iihs.org/laws/childrestraint.aspx
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Old 08-05-2011, 03:19 PM   #3
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Thanks so much!! Keep 'em coming Mamas
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Old 08-05-2011, 03:35 PM   #4
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Child restraint use is legislated by states. What state is the baby in?
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:11 PM   #5
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I really hate using laws to convince people, since laws often lag FAR behind best practice. Try www.joelsjourney.org and the links found there. This video is short and really does a great job explaining WHY we rear-face.

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Old 08-05-2011, 06:25 PM   #6
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The baby is in VA and the link above does not have anything for VA
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:31 PM   #7
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Here is a link to the summary of Virginia law as it pertains to child passenger restraints. When it says the child must be "properly restrained," that entails, at the very least, that the restraint is used according to the manufacturer's instructions. There are NO approved restraints on the market that allow for forward facing before the child is at least 1 year old AND weighs at least 20 pounds. Depending on the seat, the requirements might be even more stringent (eg Dorel seats require a minimum height of 34", some seats require a weight of 22# instead of 20#, etc).

I do agree with Jess that using the law argument is not my favorite thing, but for some parents, it is the only thing that will get through. Good luck!
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It is not legal cause they are not following the car seat manufactures info. No car seats allow you to ff till 1 and 20 at min.
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