Serving East Manchester Township, Manchester Borough & Mount Wolf Borough&
Northeastern Regional Police Department
Infant seat and rear-facing convertible seats
All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat's manufacturer.
Convertible seats and forward-facing seats with harness
All children 2 years or older, or those younger than 2 years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their safety seat, should use Forward-Facing Car Safety Seat with harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat's manufacturer.
All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.
All Children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the Rear Seats of the vehicle for optimal protection.
What about air bags and kids?
Air bags have been designed to help protect adults in a front-end collision, but not children. So it is very important that all children ages 12 and under or less than 5 feet tall be properly restrained in the back seat. If it is absolutely necessary for a child to ride in the front seat of a car with a passenger-side air bag:
• Secure the child in a restraint system that is correct for the size of the child — a front-facing car seat, a booster seat, or a lap/shoulder belt.
• Move the front seat as far back away from the dashboard as possible.
• Never allow a child to lean forward toward the dashboard.
• Never put a rear-facing infant in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with an active passenger-side air bag.
Is it okay to use a used Child Safety Seat?
Some used seats may have no safety problems, especially if they are fairly new and have had only one user. However, any used seat may have multiple problems and must be checked carefully before use. Here are some questions to ask regarding a used seat:
Should I use a Safety Seat that's been in a crash?
NO, it should not be used again and should be destroyed. Possible unseen damage may make it less effective in a second crash.
Does it have a label stating that it meets all Federal safety standards and a sticker with the manufacture date (after 1/1/81) and model number?
Without these, you cannot be sure if it has ever been recalled. Most child passenger safety educators advise against using a child safety seat that is more than 10 years old. There have been many improvements in ease of use during that time. Older seats may have suffered from exposure to heat, sunlight, or severe cold over the years. It is impossible to know the effect of this exposure.
SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION REQUEST
Listed below are some of the most frequesntly asked questions regarding Childrren's Safety Seats. For further information contact the Northeastern Regional Police Department at 717-266-6195.
What is its general condition and structural integrity?
Inspect the frame, shell, and harness straps. It is possible to replace pads and straps.
Has it been recalled?
You need the model number and date of manufacture for this. You can find recall information by calling the NHTSA Auto Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9393.
For more information about the proper use of child safety seats, visit the following web sites:
• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
• PA Center For Traffic Safety
• American Academy of Pediatrics
- The back seat is the safetst place for children of any age to ride.
- Infants in rear-facing child safety seats should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a pasenger side air bag.
- Infants must always ride facing the rear of the car.
- Make sure everyone is buckled up. Unbuckled occupants can be hurt or killed by an air bag.
- Unsafe seats should be destroyed so that they cannot be used by unsuspecting people.
If you would like to schedule a child safety seat check, please fill out the form below.