Monthly Archives: December 2014

New seat law for children takes effect Jan 1, 2015

What do you do with kids who are too big for car seats but too little for a standard seat belt? The Florida Legislature says it has the answer, though some child advocates say the new law that takes effect on Jan. 1 doesn’t measurboosterseate up to the rest of the nation or to recommendations of national safety experts.

After years of relentless pushing, child safety advocates persuaded Florida lawmakers to pass a law this spring designed to further protect children in moving motor vehicles. The law was signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June.

The law requires children to be put in federally approved car restraint seats through the age of 3 and either a car seat or booster seat, depending on the size of the child, for kids 4 and 5.

Until the law kicks in on Jan. 1, Florida will be one of only two states that do not require child booster seats for children after they turn 4.

“We’ve been working on this bill for 14 years,” said Karen Morgan, public policy manager for AAA The Auto Club Group in Tampa. “It’s been a long time.”

Still, there is a way to go,she said. The state still does not follow American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations that children be restrained in booster seats until they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall.

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Trade in a toy for an oil change this week in Tampa

Tampa Bay area residents are invited to trade a child’s toy for auto services at Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair this week.

Today, December 8 thromarinesugh Saturday, Dec. 13, the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise is trading free oil changes with tire rotations or $20 in auto repair service to any customer who brings in a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines’ “Toys for Tots” donation drive.

Customers have the option of trading the new toy for an oil change and tire rotation on the spot or exchanging the toy for a voucher for future service. Toys must be in the original packaging and unwrapped.

The donations will be accepted at most of the Bay area locations. Visit for more information.

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