Pennsylvania Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws

Pennsylvania Car Seat Laws

Children less than 57 inches tall, or less than 80 pounds, are required to be placed in a car or booster seat

Children under the age of four must be be properly restrained in an 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).

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Children under the age of two years old 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.

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.

Fines & Penalties

Maximum fine for first offense is $75.

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

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