New Child Car Seat Laws in New York State

by William Mattar | January 13th, 2020

On November 1, 2019, the rules governing child passenger safety in New York State changed. Under the new law, all children under the age of two must be in a rear-facing child seat when travelling in a motor vehicle. The state recommends that all infants and toddlers ride in a rear-facing seat until they meet the height or weight limit of the seat.

Why Did Child Car Seat Laws Change?

According to the State, car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 13. Because the seat belts built into cars are not designed for children, booster seats and car seats are vital to keep children safe. The new law is intended to strengthen child passenger safety.

In addition to the new provisions, children must use an age-appropriate restraint system until they are eight years old. This includes booster seats used in conjunction with a seat belt. In addition to New York State laws, child seats and boosters must satisfy federal certification in order to be used.

New York offers a variety of resources for parents and caregivers looking to learn how to install a car seat properly, including local checkpoints, where law enforcement officials may assist with installing the car seat, to help ensure compliance with the new law.

What Are The Different Types of Car Seats?

There are several different types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats and all in one seats. It’s important to ensure that each seat fits properly, and each child should have their own child seat.

Infant seats are intended for infants weighing 22-pounds or less and measuring 25-inches or less in length. Infant seats should not be used in the front seat. Infant seats should be installed in the backseat of motor vehicles and should not be used in the front seat as the airbag could cause serious injury if inflated.

Convertible child safety seats are used for toddlers and infants who weigh 40 pounds or less. Convertible seats should be installed in the backseat and face the rear for children under two years of age. As your child grows, it’s important to ensure a good fit. Booster seats are intended for ages four to eight and should be used specifically with a lap and shoulder belt.

There are penalties involved for not following child passenger safety laws in New York, including hefty fines and up to three points on a license depending on the nature of the violation. Law enforcement can pull over a vehicle on suspicion that a child is not properly restrained.

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