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Car Seat Facts

Travel Safely At Every Age

As children grow, how they are secured in your vehicle will change based on their age, weight, height and developmental needs. The following guide will help you choose the correct child restraint for each stage of your child's growth and development. It is imperative that families do not skip a step for the optimal safety of their child.

Make Sure Everyone is Safe in the Vehicle

It's important that all passengers in a vehicle are properly buckled up.

Pennsylvania's Child Restraint Laws

Learn what the law is in the state of PA and if you and your family are following it.

Buckling Up is the Best Defense in a Crash!

Child safety seats and safety belts protect occupants in 5 ways.

Prevent ejection

Contacts the strongest parts of the body

Spreads the crash forces over a broad area of the body 

Provides a "ride down" benefit

Protects the head, neck and spine

Air Bag Safety

Tips for safely transporting children in cars equipped with passenger-side air bags.

Traffic Injury Prevention Project


TIPP maintains the 1-800-CAR BELT telephone line to respond to PA inquiries regarding transportation safety issues.

Contact TIPP for questions on:

  • Recalled Car Seats

  • Child Safety Seat Clinics

  • Information on PA Traffic Laws

  • Information on Correct use of Child

  • Safety Seats

  • Scheduling Educational Programs

  • Where to Attend the NHTSA

  • Standardized CPS Certification Class

  • Special Needs Car Seats

Available Resources

Materials available through the Traffic Injury Prevention Project (TIPP) cover a range of traffic safety areas. These areas include: child passenger safety, seat belt safety, air bag safety, school bus safety, transporting special needs children, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, and youth driving safety and awareness.

Educational materials range from Pennsylvania laws regarding child safety seats to the use of bicycle helmets. TIPP also provides materials developed by PENNDOT and the U. S. Department of Transportation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Video & Print Materials
Free lending library available to child care providers, health care professionals, teachers, police, and other organizations within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Loaner Program
TIPP works closely with PENNDOT to provide information and child safety seats throughout Pennsylvania through the state-wide network of loaner programs. Funding for the child safety seats is provided by PENNDOT using fine money from violations of the CPS Law.

Technical Assistance on Transportation Safety Issues
Maintain the state-wide "800" line to answer traffic safety inquiries. TIPP provides assistance to parents with technical issues on child safety seat installation, fitting bicycle helmets, Pennsylvania laws, transporting children with special health care needs, and other areas of traffic safety.


Since 1984, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has operated the Traffic Injury Prevention Project (TIPP) under contract with PENNDOT. TIPP plans and implements a comprehensive highway safety program providing educational trainings, technical assistance, and serves as a resource throughout Pennsylvania. TIPP provides the most up-to-date and accurate information available concerning traffic safety.

Funded through Federal 402 Highway Safety Funds via the PENNDOT, TIPP is a statewide project focused on traffic safety issues for children birth to 21 years. Topics include bicycle, school bus, pedestrian, seat belts, car seats, transportation of children with special health care needs, and underage drinking. TIPP provides print materials, video loan library, training and technical assistance, and management of the PA Car Seat Loan Program.

Useful Links

PennDOT - Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Contains information regarding all aspects of transportation in the state of Pennsylvania.

JustDrivePA.org - PennDOT sponsored website with specific information concerning driver and passenger safety for residents of Pennsylvania

NHTSA - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Contains news, published statistical reports, educational materials and multimedia on traffic issues effecting every demographic across the nation.

National Center for Statistics & Analysis (NCSA) - NCSA, an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is responsible for providing a wide range of analytical and statisical support to NHTSA & the highway safety community.

SafeKidsUSA - Home page for SafeKids USA.

SafeCar.gov - A NHTSA hosted website providing defect, recall, safety and consumer complaint information concerning vehicles.

Parents Central - Traffic safety resource website for parents.

PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics - State -level organization that promote the health and well being of children and the value of pediatric practice. Host to various programs including the Traffic Injury Prevention Project.

PA Department of Health - Contains public health data pertaining to Pennsylvania and the nation.

BuckleupNC - North Carolina's very useful seatbelt/cps site, including an easy to use recall list.

JustDrivePA - PA's safe drive resource website.

CPSBestPractices.org - The purpose of the website is to provide rationale for current best practices in child passenger safety by summarizing the research studies supporting those practices. The website also features videos showing the benefits of restraining children using best practices.

Child Safety Network - Resources and links focusing on developing and implementing educational safety programs concenring child safety issues.