Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages one to 13? This is according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Of course, this statistic isn’t supposed to make you afraid to take your child in the car, but to stay informed and protect your infants and children with the right car seats and boosters to provide protection for them in case of a crash.
On November 1, 2019, a child passenger safety (CPS) law goes into effect that requires all children younger than two years old to be seated in rear-facing car seats as a safety measure. The law itself was signed in 2017, but it gave parents and drivers two years to learn about the change and make purchasing decisions accordingly, says an article written for USA Today. Previously, there was no age requirement to use rear-facing car seats in New York state. Similar laws are already in place in California, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), these rear-facing car seats help to more evenly distribute crash forces over the entire body by supporting a younger child’s head, minimizing the impact of the crash on the child. They are recommended for all infants and toddlers until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer. If they are two years or younger and they outgrow their rear-facing only seat, then a convertible seat that is installed rear-facing is needed.
You may also be interested in reading a previous blog post that we wrote on Car Seat Safety Tips for Families on the Go. We provide tips for the following:
- Choosing the right car seat
- Installing your car seat properly
- Registering your car seat
- Using used car seats
For more information about the upcoming law, we recommend visiting SafeNY.