Child Booster Seat And Restraint Laws In New York

Injuries sustained in automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Each year, thousands of children are injured due to motor vehicle accidents.

What are New York’s Laws Regarding Child Car Seats and Child Booster Seats?

New York’s child passenger safety laws are straightforward:

  • Children younger than eight years old are required to use an appropriate child restraint system when travelling in a motor vehicle.
  • Children younger than two years old are required to ride in a rear-facing safety seat when in a motor vehicle.
  • When a child outgrows all child restraint systems, he or she must wear a seat belt regardless of seating position.

The aforementioned laws are subject to the manufacturer’s recommendations for child safety seats and booster seats. Parents must consult the owner’s manual to ensure that they are using the appropriate child restraint system based on their child’s height and weight.

Advice and Guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP provides parents and caregivers with guidelines and safety tips for child restraint systems. Recent changes to the AAP’s recommendations include a new recommendation that parents keep their children in rear-facing car seats until they outgrow them.

Each manufacturer specifies the maximum allowed height and weight for case seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends using the rear-facing safety seat until the child’s weight or height exceeds the seat’s maximum capacity, rather than at age 2.

The same would apply to front-facing car seats. A child can remain in a forward-facing car seat until he or she exceeds the seat’s height and weight requirements. The parent should only then transition the child into a booster seat.

The majority of children should use a booster seat until they are eight to twelve years old. A child must be at least four feet nine inches tall for the seat belt to properly fit over the child’s lap and chest. Placing a child in a seat belt before the child is tall enough for the belt to fit properly may increase the risk of injury in the event of a car crash.

Additionally, the AAP recommends that all children under the age of 12 ride in the rear seat.

You can visit a fitting station if you are unsure whether you have installed your car seat or child booster seat correctly. An online directory of fitting stations is accessible.

The Long-Term Consequences of Car Accident Injuries for Children

Children who are injured in automobile accidents may experience developmental delays. In addition, they may experience a range of cognitive, emotional, and physical impairments that may persist into adulthood. Brain injuries caused by automobile accidentss are particularly dangerous for children.

Additional injuries a child may sustain in a car accident include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Amputated extremities and paralysis
  • Embarrassment and scarring

A child may also suffer from severe psychological injuries, such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety, in addition to physical injuries. The emotional distress and mental anguish caused by the car accident could have a negative impact on the child’s school and social performance.

Should I Hire an Attorney for My Child?

Cases involving childhood injuries can be difficult. The possibility of long-term harm to the child must be carefully considered in any settlement offer. It may be necessary to employ multiple experts to determine the extent of the car accident’s damage.

You should prioritise your child’s physical and mental health. Dealing with insurance companies, claims adjusters, investigators, and other issues associated with the auto accident takes time away from your child. A child injury attorney handles all legal aspects of the case, allowing you to focus on your child.

Additionally, an attorney has your child’s best interests at heart. The intent of the insurance company and other parties is to pay your child as little as possible to settle the claim. Employing a lawyer for your child provides your child with a legal representative who will fight for full compensation for all injuries and damages.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.

Abrams Law Group
104-70 Queens Boulevard, Suite 502
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 997-9797

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