Children riding in motor vehicles are required to be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system. In 1982 New York State's first child passenger restraint law went into effect. In 1985, New York State's mandatory seat belt law was enacted. The seat belt law includes mandatory use of a federally-approved child safety seat for children under four years of age.
New York’s State’s new child restraint law effective November 24, 2009 requires that all children must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system until they reach their 8th birthday.
Be advised that safety advocates do NOT recommend buying used child safety seats, however, if you must, follow these steps before purchasing one.
And, you should be aware of any manufacturer recalls because of safety defects. Your child's safety should be your number one priority before getting in the car yourself.
Child Passenger Safety Training Program
Effective child passenger safety training is an important tool in the effort to raise awareness and convey accurate technical information about proper occupant restraint usage. Therefore, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee provides statewide coordination for the Child Passenger Safety Training Program. GTSC maintains an up-to-date schedule of child passenger safety seat check events and classes, as well as a listing of certified technicians and instructors. And we will gladly furnish information to any agency or organization interested in conducting a training course.
There are several kinds of child passenger safety training courses available. These range from a basic three-hour awareness class introducing crash dynamics and the complexities of safety seat installation to an intensive four-day certified technician training course. A few of the training programs that are available include: