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Child Booster Seats Banned on Aircraft

July 28, 1996

The Federal Aviation Administration has banned booster seats and harness and vest-type child-restraint systems aboard U.S. air carriers, saying they do not provide adequate protection for infants and toddlers.

The agency recommends that for children under 20 pounds, travelers should carry aboard a rear-facing seat of the type approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and that children between 20 and 40 pounds use an approved forward-facing seat. Those over 40 pounds should use the standard lap belt attached to airplane seats, the FAA said.

The new rule takes effect Sept. 4. Makers of the banned devices will be required to label them "not certified" for aircraft use.

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