Virtual Car Seat Check Event Happening in December

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The Traffic Injury Prevention Project PA-Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, Northeast Pennsylvania Child Passenger Safety Taskforce, Community Car Seat Technicians, Instructors and Safety Advocates dedicated to improving a safer ride for children will hold a Car Seat Check virtual from December 1 to December 18, 2020 by appointment only.

Child passenger technicians will be able to view the car seat and offer advice to parents and caregivers to make the necessary adjustments for a safer ride.  Although, this method isn’t as thorough as in person, it will give parents the opportunity to ask questions to make modifications on their own until techs can safely see them in person. Technicians can also check for recalls on the call and provide resources for better safety while traveling.

To register for the event parents and or caregivers can email Cathy Connors from the Traffic Injury Prevention Project at cconnors@paaap.org . An appointment will be given after parents provide the child’s age, weight and height, Car seat information, and vehicle information and any questions the parents/caregivers may have so technicians can prepare. After the check up appointment children will be mailed a care package from “Santa” as a thank you for being good and safe.”

Best practice as recommended by the National Highway Safety Administration is as follows:

Birth – 12 Months Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: • Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. • Convertible and All-in-One car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

1 – 3 Years Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward -facing car seat with a harness and tether.

4 – 7 Years Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8 – 12 Years Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.

Pennsylvania Child Passenger Safety Law

According to PennDOT.gov child passenger safety laws vary from state to state, so it’s important you are familiar with the laws here in Pennsylvania.

  • Birth-2 Years: Must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Birth-4 Years: Must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle.
  • 4-8 Years: Must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat.
  • 8 Years and Older: Must be in a seat belt. 

For more information on Child Passenger Safety across Pennsylvania visit  the Traffic Injury Prevention Project www.pakidstravelsafe.org or call 1-800-car-belt.