Pennsylvania Child Seat Requirements

car seat requirements pa

The Child Passenger Protection Act 229 Requires

  • Children under the age of four (4) must be buckled into a federally-approved child passenger restraint system (child safety seat), which must be secured to the vehicle by the seat belt system (or using the vehicle's LATCH system, available in newer vehicles), no matter where they ride in the vehicle (front or back seat).
  • Children ages four (4) and older, but under the age of eight (8) must be buckled into a federally-approved child booster seat, which must be secured to the vehicle by the seat belt system, no matter where they ride in a vehicle (front or back seat). Booster seats must be used in conjunction with lap and shoulder belts.
  • Children ages eight (8) and older, but under age 18 must be buckled in a seat belt, no matter where they ride in the vehicle (front or back seat).
  • Drivers are responsible for securing children into an approved child passenger restraint system and ensuring children under age 18 are buckled up.

Violators may be fined and will be responsible for all court costs.