When we have children, all we want to do is keep them safe at all times.
One of the most important places to protect your child is in the car.
According to the New York State Police, motor vehicle crashes are the
leading cause of
injury for children of every age between 2 and 14 in the United States. Child
safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants
and 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars.
Some people don't realize that there is more to keeping a child safe
in a vehicle beyond buying a kind of car seat and popping it in the back
seat. New York, like every other state, has rules and regulations that
need to be followed when it comes to properly restraining a child in an
A child up to the age of four years must be properly restrained in a federally
approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a seat belt
or universal child restraint anchorage system. If you are ever concerned
that you have not properly installed a child safety seat, you can have
it checked by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at a fitting
station near you.
If a child under four years old weighs more than 40 pounds, she can be
restrained using a booster seat. Children ages four to seven years must
be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one for
which your child meets the weight and height recommendations of the child
New York does not have a law preventing children from riding in the front
seat of a car, but it is highly recommended that all children under the
age of 12 sit properly restrained in the back seat. This reduces their
chance of injury or death by more than 30 percent.
The type of restraint your child needs will depend on her age and weight,
so be sure to do your homework before purchasing anything.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a
New York auto accident, contact the personal injury law firm of Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor at
866-440-4452 for a free consultation.