Infants Must Face Rear

New law goes into effect today

A state law that goes into effect Nov. 1 requires children under the age of 2 to be restrained in rear-facing car seats in the back seat.

The law came out of a bill introduced in 2017 in the state Assembly by Sandy Galef, whose district includes Philipstown. She noted a study that found children ages 12 to 23 months are five times more likely to suffer injuries in a crash if they are in a forward-facing seat.

The law allows exceptions if the weight or height of the child exceeds the recommended size and weight limits of a rear-facing seat.

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