Car Seat Safety

New York State law dictates that all children under eight years of age and younger be restrained in moving vehicles with an approved safety restraint system. Infants under the age of one year and less than 20 pounds need to be in an approved, rear-facing infant seat in the back seat away from the passenger air bags.

Parents are responsible for the proper installation and positioning of their newborns in the seat. Previously used seats need to be checked to see if they have been recalled. lists all seats that have been recalled.

Certified car seat technicians can assist parents to use your infant's car seat safely. To find the nearest certified car seat technician, call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Auto Safety Hotline at 888/DASH-2-DOT (888/327-4236), 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. EST, Monday- Friday) or by visiting their Child Passenger Safety Program website .

Your Baby's First Year

Your Baby's First Year

Giving birth at a North Shore-LIJ hospital? You'll receive Your Baby's First Year, edited by Steven P. Shelov, MD, of Cohen Children's Medical Center.