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Pennsylvania car seat safety laws

Many Pennsylvania parents want to do everything they can to protect their children. When it comes to car safety, that means ensuring that their children are using a car seat whenever they are in the car. However, using a car seat is about more than just protecting a person's child; it's about following the law.

In Pennsylvania, children under the age of eight must be in some sort of child safety seat. In particular, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, babies who are 20 pounds or less and under the age of one, must be in a rear-facing child seat. Ideally, children should remain rear-facing for as long as possible.

Even if children are no longer rear-facing, they must be in a traditional car seat until the age of four. This seat must use either the car's LATCH system or seat belts to secure it. This law applies no matter where the child sits in the car.

Once a child reaches the age of four, the child can move to a booster seat. Pennsylvania law requires that the child remain in a booster until the child is 8-years-old. Again, the seat must be properly secured in the car and the child must use the seat in conjunction with the car's seat belts.

Children between the ages of eight and eighteen are required to wear a seat belt in the car. This rule applies even to children sitting in the back seat of a car. The driver of the vehicle is responsible for ensuring that these rules are followed.

Each year, approximately 7,000 young children are involved in car accidents in Pennsylvania. These rules help prevent serious injuries in these crashes. Despite parent's best efforts, however, car seats cannot prevent all injuries. When a child is injured in a car accident, legal options may be available. An attorney may be necessary in these cases.

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