Category Archives: Car Seat Safety

When Can Kids Sit in Front Seat in NY?

Different states have different laws regarding when a child can sit in the front seat. Many states have laws based on height, weight or age so it is important to check the law in your state.

When can my child sit in the front seat in NY?

Are you wondering, “how old do you have to be to sit in the front seat in NY?”

New York State does not actually have a law preventing kids from sitting in the front seat but it is highly recommended that all kids 12 and under ride properly restrained in the back seat.

However, the child passenger safety law in NY states that children must be at least 4 feet 9 inches in order to use the vehicle’s seat belt.

If your child has reached the weight and height limits of their car seat but is too small to use an adult seat belt safely, he must use a booster seat.

Where is the safest place to put a car seat in a car?

The safest place for anyone riding in a vehicle is in the middle of the back seat.

Children who need to use a car seat or booster seat should not sit in the front seat.

If you have multiple children and they all need to be seated in the car, keep the youngest children in the back seat.

Remember, it is illegal to put a baby in the rear-facing position in the front seat if there is an active airbag on the passenger side. This is because if there was a crash, the airbag can deploy and strike the baby seat with force.

Car Seat Safety Tips

  • To maximize your child’s safety, keep him in the car seat for as long as possible, until the child reaches the height and weight requirements set by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Your child should ride in the back seat at least through age 12.
  • Keep your child in a booster seat until he is big enough to fit in an adult safety belt properly. Check out some of the top booster seats.
  • When your child is ready for the seat belt, it should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and across the upper thighs.
  • The shoulder belt should not be under your child’s arms or behind his back. If the shoulder belt does not fit properly, he may need to use a belt-positioning booster seat.

Recaro Car Seat Recall

After recent testing, the car seat manufacturer, Recaro, found that a particular batch of its fix base – used primarily on the Optia child seat and the Privia infant carrier – did not meet certain safety standards. Recaro has issued an urgent product recall.

Recaro says the fix bases went through “rigorous testing” that is a higher level than the UN approval standard, but results found that on the Optia car seat, the hooks connecting the Recaro fix base and the car seat became deformed. If carrying a lot of weight, this deformation could cause the seat and the base to separate from each other.

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Recaro Car Seat Base Being Recalled

Is your car seat recalled?

The affected batch is those with the serial numbers ER01000000, up to and including ER01017825. No other Recaro fix bases are affected.

To check to see if your car seat is recalled, enter your serial number on the Recaro Child Safety website. You can find your serial number on a sticker located on the underside of your Recaro fix base.

Recaro is offering a free fix base replacement to parents who have one of these recalled products. If your fix base matches with the serial numbers above, contact Recaro Child Safety to exchange the product.

Although the tests were conducted on the Optia car seat, Recaro recommends replacing the fix base if it’s used with the Privia car seat, as well as the Optia. Customers can find more information on the replacement program on Recaro Child Safety’s website.

How safe is your car seat?

Even if you do not own a Recaro car seat, you should still find out if there has been any recall for the car seat that you own that you may not be aware of. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem at no cost. If your child’s safety seat was recalled, get it fixed right away. Although some defects are minor, some are quite serious. All problems should be corrected as soon as possible. You do not want to risk the chance of possibility injuring your child.

You can find out by calling the manufacturer or contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety hotline at 888-327-4236. Make sure your car seat has a label with the model number and date of manufacture so that you can check to see if the seat has been recalled.

Every car seat is different, so always read the user guide and check the expiration date stamped on the plastic. Most car seats last between 5-9 years after they were manufactured, not when they were bought.

Check your car seat to see if there are any defects, such as cracks on the plastic. Make sure the car seat you are using has never been used in a crash. If you are using a used car seat from a friend or relative, find out about its history. Ask them for a detailed instruction booklet, or order it from the manufacturer if they do not have it, and make sure that the seat is not missing any parts. Ensure that you installed the car seat properly and are using it correctly.

It’s also helpful to know your state’s child car seat laws and ensure that you are doing everything possible to keep your child riding safe!