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New Car Seat Law Starts Today

13 Wham reports that the new law regarding rear-facing car seats in New York begins on November 1st. Rachel Muni of Churchville, New York supports the new car seat law soon to go into effect in New York. The law states that a rear-facing car seat will no longer be a recommendation for children under 2. It will be required for children under two years of age. 

Capt. Mike Dinsmore with Henrietta Fire District says that rear-facing car seats best protect the head, neck, and spine in an accident. According to the New York State DMV assistant communications commissioner, 89% of more than 1,000 car seats that were checked were installed improperly. Dinsmore stated that fire agencies and other agencies will show parents and caretakers how to properly install the car seat. 

Experts recommend that parents and caretakers keep their children in rear-facing car seats even if they’re older than 2 as long as they are still in the height and weight requirements. 

Car seats are integral to saving the lives of children according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2017, there were 675 children aged 12 or younger killed in motor vehicle crashes. Nearly 116,000 were injured. Of those children who died in a crash in 2017, 35% were not buckled up or in a child safety seat. Another statistic regarding children being appropriately restrained is that 45% of black and 46% of Hispanic children were not buckled up. 26% of white children were not buckled up in 2017. According to the CDC, a good number of car seats are installed incorrectly. 

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