4 out of 5 Child Safety Seats are used incorrectly
…could your child’s seat be one of them?
As part of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department’s Child Passenger Safety Program, specially trained and certified police officers are available to install and inspect child safety seats. These officers can also provide instruction on the proper use of the seats and give other important information. The inspections are by appointment only and general availability is Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The owner must bring the child seat and vehicle owner’s manuals to the appointment.
Frequently asked questions:
Q. Are child safety seats and child restraint systems required in New York State?
A. Yes. New York State law requires that:
- all children under the age of 4 ride in child safety seat
- all children ride in child restraint systems until their 8th birthday
- Safety seats and child restraint systems must be certified according to Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard 213. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer of the seat or system, and make sure you install and use the seat or system correctly.
Q. How do I select the correct child safety seat or child restraint system?
A. To select the correct protection for your child, carefully read the recommendations of child safety seat or child restraint system manufacturers. The recommendations tell you what age weight and height a child can be to use the seat or system. The recommendations are normally printed on the outside of the package and on a label located on the side of the car seat.
An appropriate child safety restraint system:
- is required for all children until their 8th birthday
- must meet the size and weight requirements for the child based on the Federal requirements and the recommendations of the manufacturer
- can be a child safety seat, a harness, a vest or a booster seat attached with the vehicle seat belt system, but not the vehicle seat belt alone
- should not be used in the front seat of the vehicle
Q. Can I use a child safety seat in a car with air bags?
A. It is not illegal under NYS law for a child passenger to ride in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag, but it is dangerous. Recent studies show that air bags can cause serious or fatal injuries to infants, children or small adults that sit in the passenger-side front seat. It is also normally safer for a child of any age to ride in the back seat of any vehicle.