New York is known for being one of the most restrictive states when it comes to seat belt laws, and I think they're now going to take the record for most restrictive state when it comes to car seats. Currently, children in NY have to be in a car seat until age four. Ethan will be old enough to be out of his car seat in 11 days. Unfortunately, in 20 days he'll have to go right back into one for three more years. Yes, NY is now requiring kids to be in a car seat until age seven!
This is when my libertarian streak kicks in. Some laws are meant to be broken not because they're immoral or oppressive but simply because they're stupid. A seat belt in the back seat of a minivan is going to do just as much as a car seat, perhaps more. Also, imagine all the six year olds who have been out of car seats for two years now who have to go back in them because of this. The least they could have done was gradually move the age higher. NY lawmakers really are idiots.
Ethan may be spared the full three extra years if he reaches 4 ft. 9 in. first. The way the law is worded, it's almost as if they expect some four year olds to be that tall. He's something like 3 ft. 2 in., so I doubt that's going to be very common. Or maybe we should just put him in the front passenger seat. The way I read the law, that would be fine. Of course, there's only one front passenger seat, so the same problem would arise with Isaiah in 18 months.