I received an email last night from a past client who was expecting some relatives coming into town with a new infant. She wanted to know our thoughts on whether a car seat is necessary in a taxicab. It is actually a question we get asked a lot, because the law in NY reads as this:
Drivers of yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles and their passengers, are exempt from laws regarding car seats and seatbelts. Keep in mind, the TLC encourages everyone in the vehicle to buckle their seatbelts while riding in a cab. There are no Taxi and Limousine Commission rules regarding this, as it is a State exemption. Passengers with children are encouraged to bring their own car seats, which the drivers must allow passengers to install.
*NOTE – Children under the age of seven are permitted to sit on an adult’s lap.
Baby Bodyguards strongly encourages parents to always have their child in an age appropriate safety seat while riding in a vehicle.
According to Time Out New York Kids, some NYC parent favorites for portability and convenience are , the Graco SnugRide because; it can be secured in a taxi without the use of its snap-in car seat base. NYC parents also favor the Triple Play Sit ’n’ Stroll, which has wheels that let you convert the car seat to a stroller. If you need to travel lighter, try the foward-facing Eddie Bauer Portable Car Seat; it weighs just four pounds and can be used with children older than one year weighing more than 22 pounds.
For parents that don’t own a car, it is still important to know the correct way to install a child safety seat. Baby Bodyguards can let you use one of our cars while we give you the lesson.