If you have an infant or are expecting a child, Oneida County can help you properly install your car seat, or can provide you with a seat for free.

The Oneida County Health Department will help you appropriately install your infant car seat in your vehicle, train you to install the seat independently, and if needed, provide you with a free car seat.

In order to qualify for the free car seat, you must:

  • Meet income qualifications
  • Must have child present or be expecting to deliver within 3 months
  • Must bring vehicle for car seat installation

Availability is as follows, in Oriskany:

  • May 24
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • August 2
  • September 20

They are by appointment ONLY. To schedule an appointment, call 315-798-5229.

What is the child passenger safety law in New York State?

According to New York State law,

  • The law requires children under the age of four to be restrained in a federally approved car seat when riding in a motor vehicle.
  • If the weight of a child under the age of 4 exceeds 40 pounds, the child may be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system, allowing the child to use a booster seat. Children ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one for which your child meets the weight and height recommendations of the child restraint manufacturer. [Section 1229-c(1), NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law] A child safety seat or harness/vest or booster seat may be used. Note: As of November 24, 2009, this requirement applies to all children until their 8th birthday.
  • The vehicle's safety belts are not defined as a child restraint system under this law, as safety belts are not designed for children under 4'9" and therefore, do not protect young children.