Child Car Safety

The Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday the approval of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the law that requires motor vehicle owners to use Child Restraint Systems when traveling with children.

The Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act mandates the use of restraints for children below 12 years old in private motor vehicles. Excluded are children at least 59 inches in height who must still be properly secured using a regular seat belt.

“No child shall be allowed to sit in the front seat of a motor vehicle,” DOTr said.

“The mandatory compliance of the CRS shall be enforced only one year after the effectivity of these rules or the transitory period, or February 2021,” DOTr said.

For Public Utility Vehicles, DOTr said it will conduct a study on the feasibility of requiring the use of restraints and recommend to Congress if the use is feasible.

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