New York’s New Child Restraint Law

Effective March 27, 2005, New York’s safety restraint law will give even more protection to children traveling in motor vehicles. The new law will require children ages 4, 5, and 6 to be properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint system. Previously, the law only required children up to age 4 to be restrained in a child safety seat.

The New Law

All children up to age 4 must be properly restrained in a child safety seat that meets applicable federal safety standards, and is properly attached to a vehicle by a safety belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system.

Children less than 4 years old, but weighing more than 40 pounds, may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap/ shoulder belt.

Children ages 4, 5, and 6 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one for which your child meets the height and weight recommendations of the child restraint manufacturer.

For further information, contact the
New York State Police at www.troopers.ny.gov
or call (518) 457-3258.

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