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Updates to the state’s child passenger safety law have gone into effect to keep children safer as they travel.

Among the changes is requiring children younger than 8 to ride in federally approved child safety seats when traveling. That increases the age requirement by two years.

Other changes include:

— Children 2 and younger have to ride in rear-facing seats until they outgrow the weight or height limits allowed by the seat’s manufacturer.

— Children younger than 8 are prohibited from riding in the front seat of a vehicle. They are required to ride in the back seat unless back seats are already occupied by children.

Source: New year brings changes to child restraint law | Local News | theindependent.com