September 16 to 22 is Child Passenger Safety week throughout New York State.
To celebrate safety in Oswego County, Lowe’s is sponsoring a Safety Day on Sept. 22
Nationally certified technicians will be on hand to help you install your child’s car seat correctly from 10 a.m. – noon.
Child Passenger laws vary from state to state, and for New York State, children are required to be in an approved child restraint until their 8th birthday. There are many options for seats in the 4 – 8 age group and parents should pay close attention to how their child fits in the seat, just as they did when the child was younger and in a traditional car seat.
Forward facing seats, high back or belt positioning boosters, and backless boosters are some of the names given to these seats for older children.
Here are some guidelines:
1. The law requires children under the age of four to be restrained in a federally approved car seat when riding in a motor vehicle [Section 1229-c(1), NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].
2. 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 restraint manufacturer. [Section 1229-c(1), NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law] A child safety seat or harness/vest or booster seat may be used. Note: As of November 24, 2009, this requirement applies to all children until their 8th birthday.
3. 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.
Additional information for parents and caregivers can be found at www.safeyny.gov .
Parents often ask, “What’s the best car seat available?”
“The best car seat is the one that fits tightly in your car, fits your child correctly, and one that you’ll use properly every time you travel,” said Billie Crandall Brady of the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board.
All seats sold new on the market today meet federal standards for crash tests. Car seat can, and do, get recalled from time to time for various reasons, some more serious than others. Parents can go to the website to check on the model car seat that they have for recalls.
For more information or to book a traffic safety presentation for your civic group or classroom, email Crandall Brady at [email protected]