Virginia Beach, VA (June 20, 2019) – AAA wants all parents and caregivers to be aware that in Virginia the child passenger safety seat law will be changing. On July 1, 2019 the Virginia law will change to requiring child safety seats remain rear facing until the age of two, or the child reaches the minimum weight limit for a forward-facing child restraint device as prescribed by the manufacturer of the device.
To help get the word out about the new law and to help parents prepare for those summer road trips, AAA will be hosting a FREE child safety seat check event.
WHEN: June 29, 2019
9am until 1pm
WHERE: Sam’s Club
2444 Chesapeake Square Ring Rd
The new law, championed by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, will bring Virginia requirements in line with the safety recommendations of many national wide safety organizations including; AAA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Centers for Disease Control, and others.
AAA took the lead advocacy role in this effort to strengthen Virginia’s child restraint law for the safety of children in motor vehicles. “AAA thanks and honors Virginia lawmakers and Governor Northam for taking such an important step on behalf of the children who are riding in motor vehicles and who deserve to have every protection possible if they are in a crash,” said Dr. Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia.
Currently, Virginia law requires that any child, up to age eight is properly secured in a child restraint device which meets the standards adopted by the United States Department of Transportation. It does not, however, specify how long the child passenger safety seat must remain rear facing.
As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 330,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia.