What are the child car seat laws in Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Child Car Seat Laws

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has responsibility to review child car seat laws in the Keystone State. PennDOT is also responsible for marketing and distributing the car seat rules and regulations to Pennsylvania (PA) residents and other drivers in the state. The child restraint laws apply to parents, school bus operators, and other drivers who transport children within PA.

PA safety laws concerning baby car seats and child car seats specify that:

  • Child booster seats must meet federal motor vehicle child car seat standards. (Manufacturers often post this information on the back of child car seats.)
  • Children must be properly placed in the child safety seat following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Laws regarding car seats and the age of the child include:

  • Children younger than four years old in PA must be fastened in a federally approved manufacturer’s child safety seat. You are required to follow manufacturer instructions to secure the seat in the car.
  • Minors between four and seven years of age must be secured using a child safety seat (i.e. booster seat). The booster seat must be secured to the car seat using an adult shoulder strap.
  • Children between eight and 17 years old are required to use an adult car seat regardless of where they sit in the vehicle.

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