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Clinton to announce new child seat regulation

Julie Vallese/CNN

February 25, 1999
Web posted at: 4:55 p.m. EST (2155 GMT)

WASHINGTON (February 28) -- President Bill Clinton will announce Saturday a new regulation that will require a universal system for installing child safety seats in cars.

The rule, to be announced during the president's weekly radio address, was approved last month by the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Transportation.

After almost eight years of debate, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to adopt the European standard of attaching a six-millimeter bar to the back seat of vehicles. The child safety seat would then be attached to the bar with clasps, securing the carrier in place.

The new standard for safety seats would be a hybrid system that allows current seats to fit in new cars and new seats in old cars. Forward-facing safety seats would also have a tether strap to help secure the seat in place.

Safety officials say the new system is long overdue, that it allows parents that are already doing the right thing to do it even better, and the focus needs to include adults that don't buckle up at all. With the current rate of new car purchases safety officials estimate that all cars on U.S. roads will be equipped with the new standard within the next 15 years.


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