Child Safety Seat Laws Ny
There are four basic types of child safety seats available: infant, convertible, forward-facing only and booster. The one you use depends upon the weight and height of the child. It is important to always read the child safety seat manufacturer's instructions for installation and use.
No. Vests that meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 213 are available, but they cannot be used instead of a car seat. The law specifies a seat. However, vests that meet FMVSS 213 may be used as an alternate to booster seats for children ages 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Although New York does not have a law preventing children from sitting in the front seat, it is highly recommended that all children age 12 and under ride properly restrained in the back seat. Researchers estimate that just by putting a child in the back seat instead of the front seat reduces the chance of injury and death by more than 30%.
A booster seat can be used only with a lap and shoulder belt together. If all the combination lap and shoulder belt positions in the vehicle are already occupied by children using child safety seats or booster seats, a child who ordinarily would use a booster seat should be restrained using only the lap belt.
You will find a Customer Service number in your car seat manufacturer's instructions or you can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. You will need to give the Customer Service representative your child safety seat's model number and date of manufacturer. This information can be found on a sticker somewhere on the car seat's plastic shell.
It is not illegal under NY State law for a child passenger to ride in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag, but it is dangerous. Recent studies show that air bags can cause serious or fatal injuries to infants, children or small adults that sit in the passenger-side front seat. It is also normally safer for a child of any age to ride in the back seat of any vehicle. For the best child passenger protection in your vehicle
Yes. The driver is held responsible for properly restraining child passengers under the age of sixteen, and can be fined a minimum of $25 up to a maximum of $100. The driver will receive 3 points on their driving record as well.
You can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or access the recall list for child safety seats from the NHTSA web site at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues.
Always read the instructions and the information provided in the vehicle owner manual about the use of child safety seats or child restraint systems. Make sure you install and use the seat or system correctly at all times. Never use an infant seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger-side air bag. Make sure that other passengers use their seat belts.
An air bag provides extra protection against crash injuries. It works with seat belts, and does not replace them. An air bag helps protect a front-seat occupant in a head-on or side crash by inflating upon impact. This rapid inflation cushions the occupant from collision with the steering-wheel, dashboard, windshield, side windows, or metal doorframe.