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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers plan to take a look at resolving the frontwards/backwards child seat requirements.

State law tells parents to face kids a year and older forward in their car seats.

But a American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 study showed children under two are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are riding rear facing.

No lawmakers were planning to update the law until now.

"If there is something that we need to know, they really need to tell us," State Senate Transportation Committee Chair Robert Adley said. The usual groups who would have alerted him to an issue did not in this case, he said.

"I honestly will tell you that's never been brought up to us," State House Transportation Committee Chair Karen Gaudet St. Germaine said.

In her nine years on the committee, no group has brought this to the board's attention, she said.

State troopers teach parents not to turn their kids around until two-years-old, but the department nor any other safety groups told lawmakers about the conflict either, she said.

"Usually the members become a little more active when it looks like maybe we're a little backwards on things," she said.

But a glance across the country shows Louisiana is not behind the curve at all.

No state has a law saying kids should be rear facing until age two.

In fact, Louisiana shares the same law with more than twenty states that have the most restrictive laws to date.

"I can tell you as a state and legislative body we're very careful about what we do to protect our children," Adley said.



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