Child safety seat check and collection event to be held in Old Lycoming Township

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Highway Safety Network, 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 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the old Lycoming Township fire hall.

As a part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign running through June 3 the safety seat check aims to reduce crash injuries and fatalities in children. PennDOT urges motorists of all ages to wear their seat belt.

Parents and guardians of children 8 years old and under can have their child safety seat inspected by certified technicians. Each inspections takes about 30 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 6 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 no longer exists.

Motorists are reminded under Pennsylvania’s primary child passenger safety law, children under the age of 4 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 4 up to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Children from age 8 to 18 must be in a seat belt.

Due to 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 car seat or seat-belt safety visit penndot.gov/safety or safekids.org.