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As of Aug. 12, 2016, Pennsylvania will be enforcing a law that requires children under the age of two to be restrained in rear-facing car seats unless they've reached the maximum height or weight of their car seat.
The previous law required that children under the age of 4 ride in an approved child passenger restraint system, and children 4 to 8 years of age in a seat belt and an appropriately fitting booster seat. Children at least 8 years of age, and under the age of 18 years, must be transported with a seat belt.
The new law now requires children under age 2 to ride in rear-facing car seats.
The AAP recommends that parents continue the use of a rear-facing car seat for their children until they turn two years old, or until they outgrow the height and weight limits on their rear-facing seat.
Watch this video from the Kohl’s Injury Prevention Program at CHOP for advice on choosing and properly installing a child safety seat that will help protect your baby from serious injuries.