PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police are reminding motorists that a change in the state’s child safety seat law will remove a weight exemption.

The change in the law takes effect on Monday. The change removes the exemption that children weighing more than 65 pounds could ride in an automobile without a safety seat. The law will now require children under 8 years old to be in a safety seat unless they are 4 feet 9 inches or taller.

State police say National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures show car crashes are the number one killer of children in the United States.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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