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.
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.
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.
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.
At William Mattar law offices, our car accident lawyers can help you if you’re experiencing pain and suffering due to a car crash. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call our offices today at 844-444-4444. Help is available 24/7.