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  • Acts
  • 2008
  • Chapter 79 AN ACT RELATIVE TO CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the definition of “Child passenger restraint” and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-

“Child Passenger restraint”, a specifically designed seating system which meets the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, as established in 49 C.F.R. 571.213, which is either permanently affixed to a motor vehicle or is affixed to such vehicle by a safety belt or a universal attachment system.

SECTION 2. Section 7AA of said chapter 90, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the first 2 paragraphs and inserting in place thereof the following 2 paragraphs:-

A passenger in a motor vehicle on any way who is under the age of 8 shall be fastened and secured by a child passenger restraint, unless such passenger measures more than 57 inches in height. The child passenger restraint shall be properly fastened and secured according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Unless required to be properly fastened and secured by a child passenger restraint under the preceding paragraph, a passenger in a motor vehicle on any way that is under the age of 13 shall wear a safety belt which is properly adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Approved April 11 , 2008