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Law makes car seats mandatory for children

Shanghai yesterday issued a new Juveniles Protection Law that demands that all car-owning parents install car safety seats for children below the age of four.

The law, which takes effect in March, also makes it clear that preschool children cannot be left alone at home.

Parents, guardians or relatives have to install the safety seat before taking children out on drives. Children below 12 years old will have to sit in the back seat because the front seats are designed for adults, according to the new law passed by the local legislative body.

“Accidents often happen to children sitting on the front seat or failing to use the safety seat, so it is necessary to make it into the new law,” said Ding Wei, a senior official with the legislative body.

More than 18,500 children below 14 years of age die in traffic accidents in China every year. Of that, 75 percent are from accidents involving private cars.



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