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Aug 1, 2011 6:27 AM by Kate Richards

Car seat requirements change today

Car-seat requirements in Colorado are getting tougher today.

A new state requirement being enforced Aug. 1 raises the car-seat requirement to age 8.

Previously, children have had to be in car seats through age 6.

The expanded child passenger safety law passed in 2010, but the state conducted a yearlong education period to inform parents and caregivers about the change. Starting Aug. 1, the state is going to enforce the new law.

The Colorado State Patrol says that from 2006 to 2010, 20 kids, ages 4 through 7, died in traffic crashes in Colorado, and 11 of them were unrestrained or improperly restrained.

Starting today, parents could be fined $82 for not complying with the car-seat requirement.

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