State police offer free child seat inspections

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | May 25, 2013 5:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- As the summer travel season gets underway this weekend, police are offering help making sure children are secured safely in car seats.

Pennsylvania State Police troopers are offering free child car seat inspections through June 2 in conjunction with the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

Spokesman Trooper Adam Reed says even some seats that seem to be installed properly can be dangerous.

"We find quite a few of these at these checkpoints," Reed says. "That's why it's important, even if you think your seat may be installed correctly, just to stop by to have us check."

State law requires children under the age of four to ride in an appropriate, federally-approved car seat.

Kids ages four through seven must use a booster seat if they're no longer in a car seat, with several exceptions for weight and height.

"It's also important that people take a look at the manuals that come with the child safety seat, as well as the manual for your vehicle just to make sure that everything is installed properly," Reed says.

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