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Many states require that infants be kept in a rear facing car seat until age 1, or 20 lbs, though pediatricians recently recommended that this be extended to age 2.
Rear facing car seats are safer for children because their neck muscles are still developing, and in case of accident, too much strain is placed on the neck if they are in a forward facing car seat. Check out the links below for regulations by state.

Child Safety Seats Index & Overview

www.safeny.ny.gov/sesa-ndx.htm

Car Seat Recommendations for Children ... NYS law requires that all children ...

Safety restraints | New York State DMV

dmv.ny.gov/more-info/safety-restraints

Can I use a child safety seat in a car with air bags? It is not illegal under NYS law for a child passenger to ride in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger ...

New York Safety Laws - Cell Phone, Seat Belt, & Car Seat | DMV.org

www.dmv.org/ny-new-york/safety-laws.php

Any child younger than four must ride in a federally approved child safety seat that's properly secured by a safety belt or a ...

Child Passenger Safety - AAA Digest of Motor Laws

drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/child-passenger-safety/

Children under age 8 must use a forward facing car seat or booster seat ... Violation of the booster seat and the child restraint law are standard offenses.

New York Car Seat Laws and Booster Seat Laws

www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/defective-products/car-seat/car-seat-laws/new-york.html

Driving in New York and need to know the car seat and booster seat laws? See our child safety seat law listings for the entire United States.

Child Passenger Safety Laws By State - | GHSA

www.ghsa.org/state-laws/issues/Child-Passenger-Safety

Many laws require all children to ride in the rear seat whenever possible, and most states permit children over a particular age, height or weight to use an adult  ...

Car Seats: Information for Families - HealthyChildren.org

www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx

Feb 18, 2016 ... Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about choosing the most appropriate car seat for your child.

Safety belt and child restraint laws

www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/laws/safetybeltuse

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have child safety seat laws. Child safety seat laws require children to travel in approved child restraints or booster seats ...

Child Passenger Safety Law - State of New Jersey

www.nj.gov/lps/hts/childseats/childseats_newlaw.html

Child Safety Seats, Seat Belt Safety, Pedestrian Safety, Bicycle Safety ... Additionally it will ensure compliance to the New Jersey Child Passenger Restraint Law. ... child can maintain the correct seating position for as long as you are in the car.