Car Seat

RULES FOR SAFE TRAVEL

Use a car seat that meets federal safety standards for all children until they can safely wear a seat belt - at 80 pounds and 5 feet in height.
Children are safest in the back seat.

Infants:

Ride rear-facing and semi-reclined until age 1 and 20 pounds.
NEVER place a rear-facing infant near an airbag.
Place baby's harness through the slots at or below the shoulders.
Tighten the harness to 1 finger-width of space at the collarbone.
Place chest clip at armpit level (if manufacturer provides one).
Lock the seat belt so the seat moves no more than 1" side to side.

Toddlers:

Ride forward-facing and upright from age 1 to 40 pounds.
Place the harness through the top slots (unless instructions say otherwise).
Tighten the harness to 1 finger-width of space at the collarbone.
Place chest clip at armpit level.
Lock the seat belt so the seat moves no more than 1" side to side or front to back.

CALL 1-800-CAR BELT with car seat questions.

As of February 21, 2003, BOOSTER SEATS are required by law in Pennsylvania for children from age 4 up to age 8.

The following are the seatbelt and booster seat laws for Pennsylvania:

Up to the age of 4 a child must be restrained in a child safety seat. (This is a primary violation.)
From age 4 until age 8 a child must be restrained in a booster seat. (This is a secondary violation.)
From age 8 until age 18 a child must be restrained by a seat belt, no matter what the seat position. (This is a secondary violation.)
Age 18 and over a seatbelt must be worn in the front seats. (This is a secondary violation.)

For further information contact the Bristol Township Police Department at (215) 785-6107.

For more details, or for help in choosing the right seat, please call Bob Johns or Alissa Desris from the Bucks County Highway Safety Program at (215) 491-9260.