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New car seat regulations for kids under two begin Friday

Posted at 9:12 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 17:43:12-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Beginning Friday, any child under the age of two must use a rear-facing car seat in New York State.

The New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee says it's recommended that toddlers and infants ride in rear-facing seats until they, "reach the weight or height limit of the seat." Most kids will outgrow rear-facing infant seats before they turn two. If a child is too large for an infant seat, parents can use a Convertible Seat or an All-in-One Seat. Those seats should be installed in rear-facing positions until the child reaches the limits set by the seat's maker.

Some parents have complained the new law will keep toddlers rear-facing too long, cramping their legs and body. N.Y.S. Police Troop A Public Information Officer James O'Callaghan said that argument won't get you out of a ticket if you're caught with your child facing forward under the age of two. "They're always complaining in the back seat. But, when it comes to safety, go by the guidelines. That is what's going to keep them safe," he said.

Other parents we spoke to support the new law.

"Safety takes precedent over looking out the window or having a good time in the car," said Buffalo mother of two, Natalie Hofert.

"He's always been a taller baby," explained Laura Schleicher of her 18-month-old son, Aaron. "He has long legs and he seems to be just fine back there. If he needs to stretch his legs he hangs them over the side and it's not an issue," she added.

For more information on car seats, and the rules and regulations in New York State under this new law, click here.