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Car Seat Safety

According to HealthyChildren.org, each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different seats on the market, many parents find the choices overwhelming. The type of seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child’s age, size, and developmental needs. Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)about choosing the most appropriate car seat for your child. Click Here for a Listing of Car Seats & Car Seat Manufacturers.

Now that you’ve spent hours researching safe car seats, and finally selected the right choice for your family, do you know the laws regarding traveling with children in New York? Child Passenger Restraints are not an option, they are the Law!

New York State’s Child Restraint Law
All children must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system while riding in a motor vehicle until they reach their 8th birthday.

An appropriate child restraint system is one that fits the child according to the manufacturer’s specifications for height and weight.

The safety belt in your vehicle is not designed for children. A booster seat raises your child up so that the safety belt fits your child correctly and provides better protection.

*Effective November 1, 2019 – Children under 2 must be in a rear-facing child seat.

All children under the age of 2 must use a rear-facing car seat until they are two years old or reach the highest weight or height limit allowed by the manufacturer of the car seat. For babies that outgrow their infant-only car seat, a convertible or 3-in-1 car seat should be used in the rear-facing position until they outgrow the maximum height and weight for the rear-facing position. Click here for more detailed information.

Training Courses
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.

Operation Kids is the International Association of Chiefs of Police training program targeted for law enforcement to increase awareness and provide basic technical information. Its goals are to encourage law enforcement professionals to enforce child passenger safety laws and to provide a basic level of education for drivers. This course may be designed as a four-hour class, or it can be expanded up to a two-day training course.

The Certified Technician Training Course is a standardized four-day course developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This comprehensive course includes hands-on training, as well as two field-based child safety seat checks. After successfully completing this course, participants will be certified to teach child passenger safety awareness training classes and the non-certified technician course.

Where to Find Course Information
You will find available training courses listed in our Child Passenger Safety Technician Training Course Calendar. To get more information about these training courses, or if you have questions about the program, please contact the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

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