New car seat law goes into effect at the end of this week

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At the end of this week on Friday, November 1st, 2019, a new car seat law will go into effect all over the State of New York.

The law states that all children under the age of two must use a rear-facing car seat.

Parents whose children outgrow their rear-facing infant seat before reaching the age of two are recommended to get a larger, rear-facing Convertible or All-in-One car seat with higher rear-facing height and weight limits be used.

These seats should be installed in the rear-facing position until the child reaches the rear-facing weight or height limit set by the car seat manufacturer. The weight limit varies from anywhere between 40 to 50 pounds.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, the rear-facing position reduces stresses to the neck and spinal cord, which is particularly important for growing babies.