Free Child Safety Seat Fitting
(315) 349-5712

Oswego Health cares about the safety of your child. Through our Emergency Department at Oswego Hospital we provide free car seat safety checks.

Margaret Beers, a state-certified child passenger safety technician, provides free safety checks on Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. Interested parents should call (315) 349-5711. Beers is also the regional coordinator for the NYS Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board.

Car Seat Regulations

 As the laws affecting child passenger seats have changed, parents are reminded that a child age one year or younger must be in a rear facing child passenger seat. The safest travel for young children is a rear facing car seat, and parents should follow the recommended manufacturer weight and height guidelines. Children who weigh more than 20 pounds can face forward, but this is the minimum standard. Children weighing at least 40 pounds can be in a convertible harness system in the back seat.

Booster seats can be used by children who weigh more than 40 pounds. The New York State booster law requires children under the age of eight (as of November 24, 2009) to be restrained by a child restraint system in a motor vehicle. It will take place of the current law, which requires children under the age of seven to be restrained by a child restraint system.

An appropriate child restraint system is one which meets the child’s height and weight as recommended by the manufacturer. Depending on the size of the child, the restraint system may be a child passenger safety seat or a booster seat. The vehicle’s safety belts alone are not defined as a child restraint system.

Those passengers age 12 years and younger must ride in the backseat, and anyone riding in a car under the age of 16 who rides in either the front or back seats must wear a seat belt.

The Oswego Hospital became a permanent car seat fitting station in 1999.