Child seat safety check planned
Under law, drivers are responsible for restraining children
HOLLIDAYSBURG — A car seat safety check will be held today in Altoona as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.
The free safety seat check will run from 2 until 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Target, 153 Sierra Drive. Parents are encouraged to bring their child along with them so that proper installation can be demonstrated with them in the seat.
This year’s theme, “Click It Tight. It Is Worth Their Life to Do It Right,” highlights the importance of selecting and correctly using the proper child restraints — rear-facing, forward-facing, booster seat and seat belt.
Several car seat safety checks will take place throughout the week in Blair, Centre, Fulton and Somerset counties, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project are encouraging drivers to take advantage of the free check-ups.
According to PennDOT, on average, nationwide, in 2017, two children under 13 years of age were killed every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans.
In Pennsylvania, from 2013-17, 82 percent of the children under age 4 who were involved in crashes and restrained in a car seat suffered no injury.
Under Pennsylvania’s child passenger safety law, all drivers are responsible for securing children in an appropriate child restraint system. All children from birth to age 4 must be secured in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children from age 4 to age 8 must be secured in a seat belt system and appropriate child booster seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children age 8 to age 18 must be secured in a seat belt system anywhere in the vehicle.
For more information on how to keep passengers safe, visit www.justdrivepa.org or www.pakidstravelsafe.org.