Car seat safety part of June 7 event at fairgrounds

Do you know the laws when it comes to car seat safety?

Children up to the age of 4 must be properly restrained in a federally approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a seat belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system.

Children less than age 4 but weighing more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap/shoulder safety belt. Child safety seats are available to accommodate a child over 40 pounds. Always follow the recommendations of seat manufacturer for what is appropriate for your child.

A vehicle’s safety belt is not a child restraint system. Children riding in booster seats must be secured with a seat belt. From the age of 8 until they reach their 16th birthday, children must be restrained in a seat belt whenever they ride in a vehicle. Children under 12 should ride in the back seat. By simply buckling up your child in the back seat reduces his/her risk of death by 33 percent.

It is recommended that booster seats be used until your child is 4 foot 9 inches tall or weighs 100 pounds. Effective Nov. 24, 2009; all Children must be in an appropriate child safety seat while riding in a motor vehicle, until they reach their 8th birthday.

The New York State Police will be teaming up with the Putnam Record Insurance Agency at the Chautauqua County Fair Grounds on June 7 for Safety Saturday for car seat safety checks. If during the car seat safety inspection the State Police officers find your child’s safety seat to be unsafe for your child a free replacement seat will be available on a limited basis.