New Car Seat Laws Now In Affect

Governor Kate Brown signed the HB3404 into law on May 25th. The bill requires children under two years of age to be properly secured in car seat in rear-facing position. The bill became law effective immediately as necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health and safety.

This new law contains a grandfather clause and does not apply to a child who is one year of age or older immediately before the effective date of the act. Children one year of age or older immediately before the effective date of this act shall continue to be governed by the law applicable to child safety systems in effect immediately before the effective date.

What this means is that if a child is over 1-year-old and 20 pounds but is less than 2 years old and was riding forwarding-facing as of May 24th, they may continue to ride forward-facing. If the child turns 1 year old as of May 25 or later, they must follow the 2-year-old rear-facing law. Parents or caregivers who have questions or concerns regarding their child and car seat or booster seat, can contact Lieutenant Richard Giles of the Newport Fire Department at 541-961-3566.