by Cindy Zhang
Posted on 2020-01-07
A new bill was introduced in Massachusetts that would require parents to install rear-facing carseats for their toddlers and infants under the age of 2 or weighing under 30 pounds. This would allow the carseat to act as a "turtleshell", protecting the passenger's head, neck, and spine in the event of an accident. When stopping quickly, the motion causes a person's neck and head to jerk forward, which could be fatal to a young child. Backwards-facing car seats provide a cushion to this motion, preventing injuries.
This article from CBS Boston provides more information: CBS Article
If you are currently living in Massachusetts, please consider giving your local state senator a call in favor of this bill.