A new law took effect in New Mexico on Friday that requires children who have outgrown child safety seats to ride in booster seats if they are too small for adult safety belts.
According to an American Automobile Association (AAA) press release, the new law states that children through 6 years old, regardless of weight, or children who weigh less than 60 pounds, regardless of age, need to be in booster seats if they have outgrown their child safety seats.
The press release states that an adult safety belt must be used once the child is in the booster seat.
“A booster seat raises the child up so that an adult seat belt fits over the chest and hips porperly.”
Mikel Orquiz, manager of K-Mart in Tucumcari said the store has booster seats ranging in price from $39.99 to $59.99.
Jeanne Benavidez, softlines manager at Alco Discount Store in Tucumcari, said Alco has booster seats ranging in price from $32.99 to $64.99.