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Do I have to use a car seat in taxis in New York City?

Parents of children who are within the age brackets that require a car seat might be concerned about what they should do if they need to hail a taxi to get around in New York City. In short, you aren't required to put your baby, toddler or child in a car seat if you are using a taxi. However, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't use a car seat in the taxi. In fact, you can install a car seat in a cab 2quickly so that your child can remain as safe as possible for the duration of the ride.

Why should I use a car seat in a taxi?

If you are involved in an accident while you are riding in a taxi, your child could be injured. Just like a car seat protects a child in a personally-owned passenger vehicle, it can do the same thing in a taxi.

How can I install a car seat in a taxi?

You don't have to worry about using the base to the car seat if you are using an infant carrier. Instead, you can place the car seat on the seat of the taxi facing the appropriate way, such as rear facing for an infant. Then, use the seat belt to strap the car seat into the vehicle. In most cases, this can be done by using notches on the car seat to guide the seat belt placement. If you are buckling your little one's car seat in, which can take as few as 45 seconds, leave the door open. Most cabbies will hit the gas as soon as the door is closed.

Whether you use a car seat for your child or not, make sure that you explore your option to seek compensation if you are involved in an accident while you are in a cab. Compensation might help you to cover the costs associated with the injuries you suffered.

Source: Fit Pregnancy and Baby, "Yes, You Can Install a Car Seat in a NYC Taxi," Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman, accessed May 25, 2016

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