Needy and low-income families unable to afford safety seats to travel with their children in a car or other vehicle can borrow them from a loaner program operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The agency is promoting the seat program during National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 21-27.
Borrowing a child seat could make a dramatic difference for the safety of young children in approximately 200 Sanatoga PA families who, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, live below the poverty line. The nearest loaner program outlet can be located by calling 800-CAR-BELT (800-227-2358), toll-free.
More than 7,000 children across the state escaped vehicle crashes without injury last year because they were properly restrained in an appropriate safety seat, according to a PennDOT press release. Pennsylvania’s child passenger safety law requires all children from birth to age 4 to be secured in an approved child safety seat. Children age 4 to 8 must be restrained in a seat belt system and appropriate child booster seat. Violations are subject to a fine of $100.
State law also requires children up to age 18 be secured in a seat belt system anywhere in the vehicle.