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Safe Kids Applauds House Passage of INVEST in America Act

July 2, 2021

The legislation includes provisions to help improve Child Passenger Safety for all kids

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a five-year surface transportation bill, the Investing in a New Vision for The Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act (H.R. 3684), which includes several provisions that, if enacted into law, would substantially improve child passenger safety (CPS) for all children.

“The INVEST in America Act provides a historic investment in child passenger safety improvements for all children and addresses persistent safety disparities faced by kids in underserved communities,” said Torine Creppy, president of Safe Kids Worldwide.  “Safe Kids Worldwide looks forward to working with Congress to make sure that children of all backgrounds ride safe on our nation’s roadways.”

Safe Kids Worldwide commends Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky, Representative Dina Titus, and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi for their leadership to include key CPS improvements in the INVEST in America Act.

INVEST includes Rep. Titus’ legislation, the Enhancing Child Passenger Safety in Underserved Communities Act, which ensures that children in underserved and low-income communities have access to child passenger safety seats and services.

It also includes Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s legislation, the Booster Seat Safety Act, which requires labeling for booster seats.

In addition, the legislation includes provisions that would strengthen efforts to prevent child vehicular heatstroke by expanding awareness campaigns and technologies to prevent children from being left in vehicles.