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Pennsylvania Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws

Pennsylvania

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Children who weigh less than 20 pounds and who are under the age of 1 should ride in rear-facing child safety seats.

Car Seat

Children under the age of four must be buckled into a federally-approved child safety seat, which must be secured to the vehicle by the seat belt system (or using the vehicle's LATCH system, available in newer vehicles), no matter where they ride in the vehicle (front or back seat).

Booster Seat

Children ages four and older, but under the age of eight must be buckled into a booster seat, which must be secured to the vehicle by the seat belt system, no matter where they ride in the vehicle (front or back seat). Booster seats must be used in conjunction with lap and shoulder belts.

Seat Belt

Children ages eight and older must be buckled in seat belt, no matter where they ride in the vehicle (front or back seat).

Seating Position

Law states no preference. However, rear-facing child safety seats are never to be installed in the front seat if an air bag is present.

Fines & Penalties

Maximum fine for first offense is $75.

Need more information on state laws? Learn more about the laws where you live.

Source: "Child Passenger Safety Laws." Governors Highway Safety Association. Updated September 2011.

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