PA Car Seat Laws

Forward Facing Car SeatPennsylvania Car Seat Laws

    • The following rules apply to any seating position in the vehicle.

  • In the State of Pennsylvania all children under the age of four (4) must be secured in a federally approved child passenger restraint system.
  • This Child Safety Seat must be attached to the vehicle by the seat belt system.
  • The Child Safety Seat may also be secured by a vehicle’s LATCH system provided in some newer vehicles.

Booster SeatPA Booster Seat Requirements

  • Children that are four (4) years old but less than eight (8) years of age must be restrained in a child booster seat that is federally approved.
  • The booster seat must be attached to the vehicle using a seat belt system.
  • All booster seats must be used with a lap and shoulder belt combination.
  • Children between eight (8) and seventeen (17) years of age must be restrained with a vehicle seat belt.
  • The driver of a vehicle is responsible for securing all children in an approved child safety seat and ensuring all passengers under the age of eighteen (18) are properly restrained.

Other Child Safety Information

  • Children weighing less than twenty (20) pounds and are under the age of one (1) should ride in a rear facing child safety seat in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • It is recommended that a child stay in a rear facing child safety seat in the back seat of the vehicle as long as possible based on the child safety seat manufacturers recommended height and weight limitations.
  • Never install a rear facing child safety seat in the front seat of the vehicle when there is an air bag present.
  • Please follow the child safety seat manufacturers recommendations for installation, fit and maintenance.

Seat BeltsPennsylvania Seat Belt Laws

  • In the State of Pennsylvania all drivers and front seat passengers must wear a safety belt.
  • As stated above regardless of position in the vehicle, all passengers from eight (8) years of age through seventeen (17) years of age must be restrained with a seat belt.
  • If the driver of the vehicle is under the age of eighteen (18) the number of passengers is limited to the number of seat belts available.

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Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles