In one of his recent articles, Karl Heideck wrote about the new car seats’ laws in the state of Pennsylvania. These are laws that are supposed to protect the children while on the roads. According to statistics by AAA, auto accidents rank high on the list of the causes of childhood deaths in the state. To curb this unfortunate predicament, the legislators in the state decided to start by creating laws that will focus on the design of car seats. It is unfortunate that avoidable deaths have been occurring in the state for a long time with no action being taken. However, the situation has reached the ears of legislators and going forward more safety recommendations will be considered so that the issue can be adequately addressed.
According to the law, which came into effect in August 2016, it is mandatory for any child below two years to be secured in car seats which are facing backward- to the rear of the car. According to research, the backward facing position protects the child in case of an accident since their bones, spine, and the head is too delicate. After the law was passed, drivers were given a grace period of one year to implement it. For the past one year, police have just been giving warnings to non-compliant drivers. However, from now going on, non-compliant drivers will attract a fine of $125.
The law continues to demand that, for children less than eight years, they should sit on booster seats. The only exclusion is children weigh more than 80 pounds or those that are taller than 4 ‘9. Non-compliance with second law attracts fine of $75.
According to Karl Heideck, it is important that parents familiarize themselves with this law before they find themselves on the wrong side with the authorities. They should check with their manufactures if the seats are compliant with the regulations. Some car seat manufacturers have been issuing recalls on some new car models and old cars, more than five years, which are non-compliant with the law.
Karl advises parents only to buy new car seats since the old ones may be damaged or may have other defects that may put your child at risk. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety usually releases yearly report on the safest car seats on the market. The report is made after thorough tests and inspections to verify their safety levels. Parents who are not familiar with the conditions set should consult with their car seats manufacturers or check the IIHS list.
About Karl Heideck
Karl is a lawyer working in Philadephia. He normally works on litigation cases involving bank fraud among other bank-related securities cases.
Karl Heideck went to Temple University Beasley School of Law. He graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2009. Karl also holds a bachelor in English from Swarthmore College.
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