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New law changes child car seat safety regulations

Four and five year old's will need to be in a booster seat while riding in the car under a new law signed by the Governor.   
Current law only requires children three years and younger to be in a booster seat. 

Florida is one of only two states in the country that allowed 4 and 5 year old's to just wear seat belts.
Channel 3's Kalie Desimone has more on the  change and what some parents think about it.

5 year old Lynn sits in a car seat every time she goes for a ride and her parent's can't imagine not using her car seat anytime soon.
There's no question what happens first when Lynn gets into the family car.
"I get in my car seat."

And she is immediately buckled in.

"You got to do what you got to do and what's right for the child," said Sandra Sommerfield.

Sandra Sommerfield became a parent again at the age of 51. She's raising her daughter's child, Lynn.
"We had to deal with all the child stuff again. Car seats and everything else."

Starting January 1st, 2015, parents will be required under law to use a car seat for children up to 5 years old.

The new law also allows parents to use booster seats to meet the requirements.
"She just turned 5 in April so that means next year, she won't have to use one."

But that's not an option for Sommerfield. She jokingly says when she thinks her daughter will be able to ride in a car without her car seat.
"Till she's 18 and out of the house (laughs)."

But there is an exception to the new law. If a child is being transported by someone who is not a member of the immediate family, the child doesn't have to be fastened into a car seat. This can include daycare centers and summer camps that care for children 5 and under.

"They are getting away with not taking care of our children."

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