Children under
age 8 must use
a booster seat

Extending the booster seat law
helps keep our children safe

Booster seats help raise a child up to an adult’s sitting height, making seat belts more effective. Previously, the law required children ages 4-6 to use booster seats; however, most 7-year-old children are not big enough to be adequately secured by a vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt. That’s why, effective Nov. 24, 2009, all children under the age of 8 will be required to sit on a booster seat in a motor vehicle.
“Seat belts are designed to fit adults, not children. Booster seats give our children the support and protection they need to help them stay safe when they are riding in an automobile. This new law could mean the difference between life and death for New York’s young passengers.”
-- Assemblymember Robinson