New York State Rear-Facing Car Seat Law

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — What used to be a recommendation, is now the law in New York State. All children under the age of 2, must be buckled into a rear-facing car seat.

Jessica Salisbury and Alexis Graham are both mothers, striving to keep their kids safe.

“I’m not an expert but I plan to follow the law because if that’s what’s going to keep my child safe, then that’s what I’m going to do,” says Graham.

The new law requires all children under the age of two to be buckled in a rear-facing car seat.

According to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, car accidents are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. The state says rear-facing car seats can provide better protection.

Camilla Peck, Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff says “Keeping children safe and properly restrained is priority in New York State, and therefore it’s important for us to follow these new laws because they guarantee that children will be transported in a much more safer way.”

However, even without this new law, Jessica and Alexis have already been planning ahead.

“My plan was always just to keep him rear-facing for as long as we could. As long as he was fitting in the seat specifications,” says Salisbury.

If a child outgrows the car seat before their second birthday, parents are urged to upgrade to a convertible or all-in-one car seat with higher height and weight restrictions.

Each child seat manufacturer will have different height and weight requirements. Parents and caretakers should double check the manual and learn the specific restrictions for their seat.

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