PUNXSUTAWNEY – In conjunction with National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, continues the effort to reduce the number of improperly installed child safety seats. Troopers will offer free safety seat checks to the public.
These checks help locate defective child seats, as well as those affected by manufacturer recalls. These checks also give troopers the opportunity to answer any questions about child safety seat laws.
Pennsylvania law requires the following when transporting children in a motor vehicle:
- Children from birth to 4 years of age are to be secured in an approved child safety seat equipped with a harness.
- Children who are 4 to 8 years of age are to utilize an approved booster seat.
- Any person between 8 and 18 years of age in any seating location in a vehicle must be fastened in a seatbelt.
Troopers will conduct child passenger safety seat checks at the following locations:
Monday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Clearfield Fire Department
108 S. Cherry St., Clearfield PA 16830
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Little Hands Childcare
180 McCracken Run Rd., DuBois, PA 15801
Thursday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ridgway PennDOT Building
32 Saint Lee Ave., Ridgway PA, 15853
Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
21920 Route 119, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Troopers will examine all child restraint seats for proper installation. Parents will receive instructions on how to correct any deficiencies.
For more information on child safety and to get a list of state police car seat safety inspection locations, please click on the “Public Services” link at www.psp.state.pa.us. To view a list of PennDOT-supported car seat checks and to see how PennDOT promotes child passenger safety, please visit, www.DriveSafePA.org, and then select “Traffic Safety Information Center” and “Child Passenger Safety.”