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 FAA REQUIRES AIRLINES TO ALLOW USE
 OF APPROVED CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final regulation requiring airlines to allow the use of approved child restraint systems on their aircraft.
 The new rule makes it mandatory for the airlines to allow the use of any child restraint system approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the United Nations, or a foreign government as long as the restraint can be secured to a forward-facing passenger seat.
 Parents would, however, be required to pay for an airline seat when one is used to secure a restraint system -- if that is the airline's policy.
 "With this action," said FAA Administrator Thomas C. Richards, "we are able to increase the level of safety for young children whose parents are willing to pay for the airline seat."
 The agency proposal to require the airlines to allow the use of child restraint systems asked for public comments on whether to make the use of the safety seats mandatory.
 Many of the responses favored mandatory use of the seats. But the FAA said that mandating the use of the safety seats could require parents to pay for the extra airline seat. Under the final rule, parents will continue to have the choice of carrying young children on their laps or paying for a separate seat.
 Children under two years of age have traditionally been allowed to fly free when carried on an adult's lap. Several independent studies indicated that mandating child restraint use on aircraft would force a significant number of families to substitute for air travel a cheaper, less safe form of transportation.
 The new regulation is effective 30 days after publication in the Sept. 15 edition of the Federal Register.
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 /CONTACT: JoAnn Sloane of the Federal Aviation Administration, 202-267-3447/ CO: Federal Aviation Administration ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU: EXE


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