Here are some links to trusted, local and national resources for New York car seat laws. Generally, New York requires kids under eight years old to be in a child restraint. A booster seat is recommended without maximum age limit, though, until a child is at least 4′-9″ and a seat belt fits correctly.
The child restraint law does not apply when travelling by taxi or public transit.
New York is unique in that the use of qualified safety vests is permitted in some situations. See the first link below for additional information.
State and Local Resources for New York Car Seat Laws
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee – New York car seat laws, booster seat laws and fines. This site also has a frequently asked questions section that includes a link to safety seat inspection stations.
New York Department of Motor Vehicles – Here you’ll find review of the law, information on how to select the best type of seat for your child, and seat belt use (and fine) law.
New York State Police – Site offers a thorough review of the law and best practices for safety
NYC Department of Transportation – Offers a summary of seatbelt, car seat, and booster seat laws. A list of NYC installation check station locations and an event calendar are also provided.
National Resources for New York Car Seat Laws
nhtsa.gov – U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website
safercar.gov – Also known as Parents Central, this is the child safety section of the safercar.gov website, published through the NHTSA. This is an awesome info packed site, so if you have general questions, definitely stop here.
iihs.org – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, child safety page
safekids.org – A global organization all about keeping kids safe, especially from preventable injuries or fatalities. Their site includes tips on car seat choice and car seat inspection events, among other things.