Car Seat Safety Advisory


Car Seat Safety Advisory

Hosted by Coccia Ford Lincoln

Saturday, September 22 at 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Coccia Ford Lincoln
577 E Main St
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702

Coccia Ford Lincoln will be having 4-5 State Troopers on premise who are Certified in Car Seat Safety to help anyone who may have questions or need reassurance that they have the car seat properly placed in the vehicle! We hope to see you here!

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.

Before Baby Arrives

When you're an expectant mother, it's important to always wear your seat belt to protect you and your unborn child. Wear the lap belt across your hips and below your belly with the shoulder belt across your chest (between the breasts).


For the best possible protection keep infants in a back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible, until 2 years of age or up to the maximum height or weight limit of their particular car seat.  Children in the second year of life (12-24 months) are over 5 times less likely to be seriously injured or die in a crash if they are secured rear-facing. Article in Injury Prevention 2007; 13: 398-402 "Car Safety Seats for children: rear-facing for best protection.


When children outgrow their rear-facing car seats  they should ride in a forward-facing child safety seat, in a back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their particular seat.

Belt-Positioning Booster Seat

Once children outgrow their forward-facing car seat , they should ride in belt-positioning booster seats, in a back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lies across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest. All children under the age of 13 should ride in a back seat.

Seat Belt

When children outgrow their belt-positioning booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in a back seat, if it fits properly, (the lap belt lays across the hips/upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the center of the chest and shoulder). All children under age 13 should ride in a back seat.

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Child Passenger Safety Week 2018


"Safe Families Buckle Up"

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK, September 23-29, 2018 raises awareness of the importance of children being correctly secured in the appropriate car seat or seat belt for a child's age, weight, height, and developmental needs. The campaign is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible—every trip, every time. Each day, too many children are secured in the wrong car seats, ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or ride completely unbuckled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children. In 2016, on average, nearly two (2) children were killed every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans. Car seats, booster seats and seat belts make a significant difference during a crash.'

Child Passenger Safety Week 2018 Planner

Child Passenger Safety Week 2018 Planner: This resource has child passenger safety information to use as you plan and promote your community activity. The planner provides child safety seat and seat belt statistics, a sample press release, best practice child passenger safety messages based on the "Five Steps for Correct Use", educational resources, and a synopsis of Pennsylvania's Occupant Protection law addressing child passengers. The final page has information registering your community car seat check event so it will be included in the statewide list of events submitted to PennDOT and NHTSA. All submitted events will be posted on the NHSTA and TIPP website.

Download a PDF file of the 2018 Child Passenger Safety Week Planner here.

Register your Child Passenger Safety Week 2018 event online!

Please join Pennsylvania in observing Child Passenger Safety Week 2018. Register your car seat check event scheduled during the week of September 23rd - 29th. Registered car seat check events will be shared and advertised through media releases and posted on the NHTSA and PA TIPP websites. Community events can be registered by completing the registration form found on the last page of the Child Passenger Safety Week 2018 Planner or online through the link below. TIPP does not need to be involved in the community car seat check events; we are merely compiling a list of all events to share with PennDOT, NHTSA and statewide community partners. If you are interested in receiving a list of events being held throughout Pennsylvania, please email to request the list.

Click here to register your event online.

Submit your Child Passenger Safety Week 2018 event data online!

Thank you for educating families on the correct selection and use of child restraints during Child Passenger Safety Week 2018. Your efforts have helped to keep Pennsylvania's children safe while traveling on our roadways. Please share your results with us so your efforts can be documented. Please submit your event data by October 5th, 2018. PA TIPP will be compiling these results into a list and submitting them to PennDOT and NHTSA. We would like to collect the data from all events conducted during Child Passenger Safety Week to accurately recognize and record the time and effort dedicated to protecting children in communities across Pennsylvania. Record your event data online through the link below or complete the data collection form found on the last page of the Child Passenger Safety Week 2018 Planner and submit your results to

Click here to submit your event data online.

Request Child Passenger Safety Materials for your event

Educational materials offer parents and caregivers the information needed to become knowledgeable about child passenger safety best practice recommendations for the selection and use of car seats, belt-positioning booster seats, and seat belts.  Materials can be ordered by calling 1-800 CAR BELT, or by emailing To receive educational materials for Child Passenger Safety Week, please submit your request by September 10th. Requests made after September 10 will be filled, but we cannot guarantee you will receive them in time for your event.

Click here to request child passenger safety materials.

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Car Seat Facts


Buckling Up is the Best Defense in a Crash!

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

  1. Prevent ejection
  2. Contacts the strongest parts of the body
  3. Spreads the crash forces over a broad area of the body 
  4. Provides a "ride down" benefit
  5. Protects the head, neck and spine

Car Seat Facts


Make Sure Everyone is Safe in the Vehicle

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

Air Bag Safety

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

Pennsylvania's Child Restraint Laws

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