A new car seat law went into effect Friday in New York. Make sure you are in compliance.
Nov 1, 2019 1:29 pm ET | Updated Nov 1, 2019 1:31 pm ET
Before this law, a rear-facing seat was a recommendation for any child under 2.
Since 1982, New York has had a child passenger restraint law that said all children must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system while riding in a motor vehicle until they reach their 8th birthday.
There are three types of rear-facing car seats: infant seats, convertible seats and all-in-one seats.
The committee said that most children will outgrow an infant seat before they reach the age of 2, so they can then use the larger rear-facing convertible or all-in-one seat that has higher rear-facing height and weight limits.
The seats should be installed in the rear-facing position until the child reaches the rear-facing weight or height limit set by the car seat manufacturer.
While some parents said keeping toddlers in rear-facing seats, as the law now requires, will cramp their legs and body, that is no excuse for not making the swap, WKBW Channel 7 reported.
State Police Troop A spokesman Trooper James O’Callaghan said you won’t get out of a ticket that way.
“[W]hen it comes to safety, go by the guidelines. That is what’s going to keep them safe,” he told WKBW.