What is the Child Passenger Safety law in New York State?
- The law requires children under the age of four to be restrained in a federally approved car
seat when riding in a motor vehicle [NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law - Section 1229-c(1)].
- If the weight of a child under the age of 4 exceeds 40 pounds, the child may be restrained
in an appropriate child restraint system, allowing the child to use a booster seat. Children ages 4, 5, 6, and 7 must be properly
secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one for which your child meets the weight and height recommendations of
the child of the child restraint manufacturer. [NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law - Section 1229-c(1)] A child safety seat or harness / vest may be used. Note: As of November 24,
2009, this requirement applies to all children until their 8th birthday.
- The vehicle's safety belts are not defined as a child restraint system under this law, as safety
belts are not designed for children under 4'9" and therefore, do not protect young children.
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