PennDOT, safety partners to hold child safety seat check and collection event

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Safe Kids Lycoming County Partner through the Lycoming Health Improvement Coalition and the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Company will host a child safety seat inspection and used seat collection from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Old Lycoming Township Fire Hall, Montoursville.

Parents and guardians of children 8 years old and under can have their child safety seat inspected by certified technicians. Each inspection requires approximately 20 minutes to ensure safe installation, though infant seats may take extra time. Participants are reminded to bring their child, safety seats, vehicle manuals and safety seat manuals if available.

The collection aims to remove unsafe seats from the community.

Child safety seats should no longer be used under the following conditions:

• If they are six years old or older;

• Have been involved in a serious crash;

• Have missing parts or are broken or rusted;

• Have no model number or date of manufacture and;

• Are on a recall list or the manufacturer is no longer in existence.

Motorists are reminded under Pennsylvania’s primary child passenger safety law, children under the age of four must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children under 2 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.Children from age four to eight must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Children from age 8 to 18 must be in a seat belt.

Due to the potential dangers associated with air bag deployment, children ages 12 and under should always ride in a vehicle’s back seat.

For more information on seat-belt safety visit www.penndot.gov/safety

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