Missouri House backs rear-facing car seats for babies

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require children younger than 2 to be placed in rear-facing car seats whenever they travel in Missouri.

Current state law requires children younger than 4 or under 40 pounds to ride in a child safety seat. But the law doesn’t specify a rear-facing child-restraint system for infants.

Supporters of the House bill say rear-facing seats will better protect young children. The House passed the bill by a 105-41 vote Thursday. It now goes to the Senate. Twenty other states require for rear-facing car seats, though they are split on whether to end that at age 1 or 2. 

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