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What are the car seat laws in New York?

Properly restraining your children when in a vehicle is essential to preventing serious injuries or death if you are involved in an accident. New York State has implemented child restraint laws to ensure you are providing your children with the proper safety seats. It is your responsibility to know the laws and follow them. You could face fines and other penalties if a law enforcement officer catches you breaking these laws.

Children age eight and younger must use some type of child restraint system. A seat belt alone does not provide proper protection. For those under the age of four, a car seat must be used. Children five to eight can use a booster seat. If a child weighs over 40 pounds and is under the age of four, he or she can also be put in a booster seat. You should follow all manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations for safety device use. This usually means following weight, height and age restrictions.

Children should ride in the back seat because of the risks of front seat air bags, but this is not part of the state law. You cannot get into trouble with law enforcement if your child rides in the front seat as long as he or she is properly restrained. Also, while recommendations are that children under the age of one should ride rear-facing, this is not part of the law. Finally, child restraint laws do not apply to public transportation, such as taxis and buses. However, they do apply to school buses for children under the age of four. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.




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