About 10 babies each week are treated at hospital emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes on New York roads, according to the New York Department of Health.
The numbers show why babies, infants, and children riding in motor vehicles must be properly restrained in child safety seats or child restraint systems.
New York law requires that all vehicle occupants be restrained. Anyone looking to transport a child should be familiar with the law. For example, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, state law requires that children
Child safety seats and child restraint systems are required in New York. All motorists should familiarize themselves with this law, and others relating to the proper restraint of all motorists on New York roads.
The New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee recommends keeping children in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, but at least until the age of 2.
It is important to use a car seat that fits the child correctly and is installed in accordance with manufacturer directions.
According to New York law, the specially designed seat must meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard set forth in 49 C.F.R. 571.213.
It is important to select an appropriate child safety seat for your children and follow recommendations provided by its manufacturer, including those regarding weight and height restrictions and requirements.
As noted, seats and restraint systems must always be certified according to Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard 213.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, an appropriate child safety seat
According to the DMV, child safety seats can include infant, convertible, and booster seats. Here’s a bit on each:
Failure to comply with New York law concerning child safety restraints can bring a fine or driver-violation points. It also increases the chance of injury in an accident.
At William Mattar, P.C., our car accident attorneys know the law regarding child safety in vehicles and are experienced in advocating for those who have been injured in a car crash. We can help you recover maximum compensation for pain and suffering. Call our offices today, at 844-444-4444, or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Help is available 24/7.