The Car Seat Lady goes point by point on the “2014 Car Seat Law Changes” article on

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As a pediatrician and nationally certified child passenger safety instructor – I’m best known as The Car Seat Lady – I am VERY concerned by this recent blog post on the 2014 car seat law changes which appeared on and has gotten a tremendous number of views, but sadly contains a lot of misinformation that could endanger a child.

I have written my own post and created my own infographic to help clarify this rather technical and complex issue.  I wish I could have written as concise an article & infographic as was found in the Babble piece, but the topic is too complex and the nuances too important to over simplify and over generalize as was done.

Here are some of the points in the article that need to be addressed.  I have put in bold the direct text from the Babble article, and my responses are below each:

Starting in 2014, the new recommendation states that the LATCH system should no longer be used when the child and car seat combined weight is over 65lbs.

This is an amendment to the law instated in 2001 that recommends that all children up to 65lbs remain in car seats/boosters

Car manufacturers cannot guarantee the strength of the anchors when adding the additional weight of the seat, thus the need to modify the law.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain in harness (including 5 point harness or booster with seatbelt) until the age of 8.

INFOGRAPHIC: Under 65 pounds use LATCH system, over 65 pounds use Seat Belt Restraint

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