Quantcast

New Oklahoma Law Requires Kids to Ride in Rear-Facing Car Seat T - KOAM TV 7

New Oklahoma Law Requires Kids to Ride in Rear-Facing Car Seat Till Age Two

Updated:
MIAMI, OKLAHOMA - Charlotte Glennan admits buckling up her two year old grandson Kasey can sometimes be a struggle.

“He just doesn't always like to be buckled but he's buckled every time,” says Glennan.

Kasey graduated to a forward facing seat six months ago. He used to ride backwards.

"When he is in the rear facing it is a little bit harder because you can't see what he's doing or anything but we talk and sing and stuff so or toys to keep him interactive."

And other caregivers at the park share the frustration.

“If the children are used to facing forward and then they turn 'em around to face back then  there's going to be a lot of frustration in the children as well,” says Claremore, Oklahoma resident Lori Jackson.

“I have a two year old son and I think it's good to have a rear facing child seat till you're over two. in my case, mine's smaller and I think it's better for the protection,” says Miami Resident Brent Greenlee.

A new law in Oklahoma requires not only  infants  to ride in a rear facing child restraint but toddlers  until the age of two... or until  they surpass the weight or height limit of their rear facing seat.

These guidelines are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Fred Wheeler says it has to do with the proportion of the head versus the rest of the body and how much muscle mass a child has.

“If you're facing forward and you floor the accelerator, you will go ahead and lean back just a little bit, but if you hit the break even at 5 miles an hour your head jerks way forward. so if you have a little baby that can't walk yet and doesn't have any muscle mass for their neck. They're really, really likely to get terribly injured.”

Dr. Wheeler applauds the new law in Oklahoma, but says there could be some downsides for parents not paying attention.

“I think  that that may lead to children being left in cars, if somebody has them facing to the mirror. and they don't see them in the rearview mirror, and they're not talking to them. i think that is a possibility."

In Kansas and Missouri it is only recommended to have kids in rear facing seats till the age of one.

“I think they should make it longer so it's safer for the children. That's the most important part,” says Glennan.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says children under two who are facing forward are 75% more likely to be seriously injured or killed in an accident.

Oklahoma also added height rules for four-year-olds.  They must be buckled in a child restraint or booster seat if they're not yet 4ft 9 inches. The same height is required for kids in booster seats. The law requires booster seats until age 8 if kids aren't that tall. 
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Pools Open to Warm Weather on Holiday Weekend

    Pools Open to Warm Weather on Holiday Weekend

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:52 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:52:44 GMT

    The  pools in Pittsburg  and Joplin are now  officially open for summer.      

    More >>

    The  pools in Pittsburg  and Joplin are now  officially open for summer.      

    More >>
  • McDonald County Veteran Honored More Than Seven Decades After Passing

    McDonald County Veteran Honored More Than Seven Decades After Passing

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:01:53 GMT
    "I had always felt that he deserved a flag but I kinda put it aside because so many years had gone by" Jean Bird's brother Eldon Stratton died 74 years ago while fighting the Japanese in WWII. "They sent my brother's plane down on fire" His body was never recovered. Jean believes that might be why her family never received a flag in his honor, like they did for her father who was a prisoner of war in WWI. She also got a flag for her husband who was...More >>
    "I had always felt that he deserved a flag but I kinda put it aside because so many years had gone by" Jean Bird's brother Eldon Stratton died 74 years ago while fighting the Japanese in WWII. "They sent my brother's plane down on fire" His body was never recovered. Jean believes that might be why her family never received a flag in his honor, like they did for her father who was a prisoner of war in WWI. She also got a flag for her husband who was...More >>
  • LaTurner Files for Full 4 Year Term

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:24:31 GMT
    Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner has filed for a full four year term. LaTurner, the youngest statewide official in the nation at 30-years-old, says it has been is honor to serve Kansans in the position for the past year. LaTurner says "I will continue to work hard every single day to build upon our record of success.” In a press release LaTurner representatives say the Treasurer has returned $24.6 million in unclaimed property, and was instrumental in rolling out...More >>
    Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner has filed for a full four year term. LaTurner, the youngest statewide official in the nation at 30-years-old, says it has been is honor to serve Kansans in the position for the past year. LaTurner says "I will continue to work hard every single day to build upon our record of success.” In a press release LaTurner representatives say the Treasurer has returned $24.6 million in unclaimed property, and was instrumental in rolling out...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.