Rules for Childrens Car Seats

Find car seats for your child by brand or search for details on a specific car seat model. Safety seats and child restraint systems must be certified to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. Follow the instructions provided by the seat or system manufacturer and make sure you install and use the seat or system correctly. The Governor`s Highway Safety Committee website contains a list of permanent child seat mounting stations in New York State. New York State law requires all passengers seated in the front seat to wear seat belts. Children under the age of 16 must wear seat belts when in the front or rear seats. Children under the age of four must board in safety seats. See the information above on the safety restraint systems required for children up to their 8th birthday. The penalty for seat belt or car seat violation is a fine of up to $50. If the violation applies to a person under the age of 16, the driver will receive a fine of up to $100 and three driver violation points on conviction. Use the rope whenever you can. A rope is a belt that attaches to the top of a car seat and holds the seat firmly by connecting it to an anchor point in your vehicle (often on the backrest or rear shelf; read your vehicle`s owner`s manual to find out where the support anchors are in your vehicle).

Retaining cords provide important extra protection by preventing your child`s car seat and head from moving too far forward in the event of an accident or sudden stop. All new cars, minivans and light trucks are to be anchored from September 2000. The forward-facing seats are equipped with restraint straps. A rope should always be used until your child has reached the upper weight limit for the holding anchor. Information on the upper weight limit and the position of the support anchorages can be found in the instructions for the car seat and in the vehicle owner`s manual. Front airbags are installed in all new cars. When used with seat belts, airbags work well to protect teens and adults. However, airbags can be very dangerous for children, especially those who drive in rear-facing seats, as well as for preschoolers and toddlers who are not properly restrained. If your vehicle is equipped with a passenger airbag, infants must move in the rear seat on rear-facing seats.

Even in a relatively low-speed accident, the airbag can inflate, hit the car seat, and cause severe brain damage and death. If you are using a booster seat, always read the vehicle owner`s manual and the car seat owner`s manual before installing the seat. Booster seats often have a plastic clip or guide to properly position the vehicle`s knees and shoulder straps. For instructions on using the clip or guide, refer to the booster seat instruction manual. Booster seats must be used with laps and shoulder straps. If you use a booster seat, be sure to: Harness combination seats: The seats can be used forward-facing with a child harness weighing 40 to 65 pounds (depending on the model) or without a harness as a harness (up to 100-120 pounds, depending on the model). If you are using a seat belt, make sure it goes through the forward-facing seat belt path (be sure to follow the instructions for the car seat) and that the seat belt is locked and tightened. Many car seats have a built-in latch to keep the seat belt locked. If your seat has one, follow the manufacturer`s recommendations for use. Integrated seats: Some vehicles have front-facing integrated seats. Weight and height restrictions vary.

Do not use a built-in seat until your child has reached the highest weight or height allowed for your rear-facing convertible car seat. Read your vehicle`s owner`s manual for details on using these seats. Car Seat Finder is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to compare seats and ease of use to find the right car seat for your child. Simply enter your child`s age, height, and weight above, and you`ll get types of car seats that suit your child. Before you begin, make sure you know the four types of car seats and NHTSA`s recommendations for choosing the right type of seat for your child. Parts are missing. Used car seats often do without important parts. Check with the manufacturer if you can get the right parts. Tam belts work well with rear-facing, convertible, and forward-facing seats that have a belt, but can never be used with a booster seat. If your car only has lap belts, use a forward-facing seat with a harness and higher weight restrictions.

They can also be used rear-facing and later “converted” to forward-facing for older children when they exceed the weight limit or rear-facing length limit. This means that the seat can be used by your child for longer. However, convertible seats are bulkier than child seats, and they don`t come with separate carrying handles or baseboards and are designed to stay in the car. Make sure the car seat is properly installed in the vehicle, either with lower anchorages or with a locked seat belt. Many car seats have a built-in locking system to keep the seat belt locked. If your seat has one, follow the manufacturer`s recommendations for use. If you can move the seat in the belt path more than an inch from side to side or back and forth, it is not tight enough. Every year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car accidents. Proper use of car seats contributes to the safety of children. But because there are so many different seats on the market, many parents find it overwhelming. If you are an expectant parent, you should work with a Certified Occupant Safety Technician (CPST or CPS technician) before your baby is born to ensure a safe return from hospital. Always read and follow the manufacturer`s instructions for your car seat.

If you don`t have one, write or call the company`s customer service. Staff will ask for the model number, seat name and date of manufacture. The manufacturer`s address and telephone number can be found on a label on the seat. Also, follow the instructions in your vehicle`s owner`s manual to use child car seats. Some manufacturer`s instructions may be available on their websites. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and AAP recommend that children under 40 pounds be securely attached to certified child restraints when flying. This keeps them safe during take-off and landing or during turbulence. Most rear, convertible and forward-facing seats can be used in airplanes, but booster seats and travel vests cannot. Your child under the age of 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are several types of rear-facing car seats: Do not use seats that have been in a moderate or severe accident. Seats that have been involved in a minor accident may still be safe to use, but some car seat manufacturers recommend replacing the seat after an accident, even after a smaller accident. NHTSA considers an accident minor if all of the following situations are true: All states and territories require infant and child seats that meet certain criteria, but requirements vary based on age, weight, and height.

This is done in three stages: facing the road; forward-facing (attached) seats; and booster seats. The high backrest and backrest without backrest are 2 standard types of booster seats. They do not come with a harness, but are used with lap belts and shoulder harnesses in your vehicle, just like an adult drives.

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