FREE Safety Seat Inspections During National Child Passenger Safety Week

As Child Passenger Safety Weeks beings, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), together with state and local partners, will host child safety seat events throughout the state. This will help parents and caregivers ensure their child’s restraint is properly installed and fitted correctly. These events coincide with national Child Passenger Safety Week, which takes place from Sept. 15-21. A total of 35 events are planned statewide throughout the week, including 22 on National Seat Check Saturday.

During all 35 events, certified child passenger safety technicians will educate participants on how to choose an appropriate seat for the child’s age and size, and how to install the seat correctly. Complete details on these and other events sponsored by the GTSC throughout the year are available on the GTSC website.

New Yorkers should also be aware that, beginning Nov. 1, a new law will take effect requiring all children under the age of 2 to be in a rear-facing car seat. Previously, there was no age requirement to use rear-facing car seats in New York. The law passed two years ago, in 2017, but does not take effect until this year, to give New Yorkers ample time to prepare and make appropriate purchasing decisions.