Kids in New York will now need to remain in an appropriate car seat or booster seat until their eighth birthday, thanks to a new car seat law that goes into effect on Nov. 24, 2009. The previous state law required car seat or booster use through age six.
According to New York's Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, an appropriate car seat or booster seat meets the the child's height and weight according to the manufacturer's instructions. Children under age four are still required to ride in a federally approved car seat, and all children under age 16 are still required to wear a seatbelt.
Unlike many states that have passed booster laws recently, New York did not add any height and weight requirements to their law, instead opting to only recommend that parents choose to keep kids in boosters until they are 4'9" and 100 lbs. Parents of petite kids should strongly consider that recommendation until your child can meet the requirements for safely using a seat belt.