Governor Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to Participate in "National Seat Check Saturday"

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to participate in National Seat Check Saturday on September 19, a day dedicated to the safety and well-being of children in which free child seat inspections are ...

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Albany, NY - September 18, 2015 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to participate in National Seat Check Saturday on September 19, a day dedicated to the safety and well-being of children in which free child seat inspections are conducted statewide and across the nation. National Seat Check Saturday, coordinated by state and local law enforcement, along with community safety partners, is the culmination of Child Passenger Safety Week, which raises awareness of the importance of the proper use and installation of child safety seats.

“There is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe," Governor Cuomo said. “As a father and as Governor, I urge all New Yorkers traveling with children to take the time this Saturday to have their car seats inspected.”

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children under 13 years old in the United States, and many times, deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Its 2012 survey also revealed that 20 percent of all drivers of child passengers did not read any instructions on how to properly install their child restraints, yet 90 percent felt “confident” or “very confident” that their car seats and booster seats were installed correctly.

The following events are scheduled for Saturday, September 19:


    Crossgates Mall Overflow Lot Western Ave. Side, 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Guilderland
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Southport Fire Department, 1001 Carl Street, Elmira
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Morrisonville EMS Building, Banker Road, Morrisonville
    10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Kohl's Department Store, 488 Fairview Avenue, Hudson
    10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Noyes Memorial Hospital, 111 Clara Barton Street, Dansville
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Genesee Baptist Church, 149 Brooks Avenue, Rochester
    8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Delta Sonic – Henrietta, 2790 W Henrietta Road, Rochester
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    170 Cantiague Rock Road, Hicksville
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Veterans Memorial Park, 7000 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Town of Chester Ambulance Corps., 79 Laroe Road, Chester
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Goshen Village Hall, 276 Main Street, Goshen
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Dollar Tree, 330 West Avenue, Albion
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Lowe's Oswego, Route 104, Oswego
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    St. Mary's Hospital for Children, 29-01 216th Street, Bayside
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Posh Baby & Teen, 2935 Veterans Road West, Staten Island
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Rockland County Office Complex, 11 New Hempstead Road, New City
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Duanesburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 130 Cole Road, Delanson
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Brookhaven Safety Town, Holtsville Park, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Hampton Bays Fire Department, 60 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Cedar Grove Firehouse, State Route 32, Saugerties
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ulster Hose, 830 Ulster Avenue, Kingston
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Newark Fire Department, 150 East Miller Street, Newark
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Bedford Hills Memorial Park, 60 Haines Road, Bedford Hills
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Village of Rye Brook Firehouse, 940 King Street, Rye Brook
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Some events may require advance registration. Click here for additional details, including contact information. Inspections are performed by certified child passenger safety technicians who can also help parents and caregivers find the correct car seat for a child’s age and size. Car seat rankings are available here.

Anyone unable to attend an event can conduct an at-home checkup of a child’s car seat. Safe Kids and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend the following Safe Kids checklist:

  • Right Seat. Check the label on the car seat to make sure it's appropriate for a child's age, weight, and height.
  • Right Place. Keep all children in the back seat until they are 13 years old. Doing this, along with correctly using the appropriate child restraints, greatly reduces the risk of injury.
  • Right Direction. Keep the child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible. When he or she outgrows the seat, move the child to a forward-facing car seat, and attach the top tether after tightening and locking the seat belt or lower anchors.
  • Inch Test. Once the car seat is installed, shake it at the base. A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch.
  • Pinch Test. Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check the manual). Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at the child's shoulder. If unable to pinch any excess webbing, the seat is installed properly.

DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, “We have all heard the horror stories of children being injured and killed in crashes. It’s important not only this week, but all year long, to ensure that the kids we love are buckled in properly. Taking a few moments to check a child’s safety seat can save a life and avoid a lifetime of regret.”

New York State’s first child passenger restraint law went into effect in 1982 and has been strengthened since. According to the current law, all children must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system that meets their size and weight recommended by the manufacturer while riding in a motor vehicle until they reach their eighth birthday. It also notes that a vehicle's safety belts are not defined as a child restraint system under the law, as safety belts are not designed for children under four feet, nine inches tall, and therefore do not protect young children.

For more information on vehicle restraints, car seat recommendations for children, and child passenger safety, visit the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee website.