Punxsutawney, PA – It was announced by Pennsylvania State Police Troop C that they will once again be offering free safety seat checks to the public as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

These checks are to help locate seats that are defective, affected by manufacturer recall, as well as offer the opportunity for any questions on child safety seats to be answered by the Troopers on hand.

The press release from this past week states that Pennsylvania law requires the following when transporting children in a motor vehicle:

-Children from birth to 2 years of age are to be secured in an approved rear-facing child passenger safety seat.

-Children from 2 to 4 years of age are to be secured in an approved forward-facing child passenger safety seat.

-Children 4 to 8 years of age are to utilize an approved booster seat.

-Any person between 8 and 18 years of age, in any seating location in a vehicle, must be fastened in a seatbelt.

During National Child Passenger Safety Week, Troopers will examine all child restraint seats for proper installation, and parents will receive instructions on how to correct any deficiencies.

For more information on State Police car seat safety inspection locations and dates, click on the “Public Services” link at www.psp.state.pa.us.