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Stricter Car Seat Law Soon to Take Effect in PA

Attorney Nicole Santo, Defective Children's Products Attorney - Wilkes Barre PAJune 20, 2016 - Kingston, Pa. – A new law in Pennsylvania, Act 43, requires children under the age of two to ride in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the manufacturer. Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 43 into law on Monday, June 13, 2016, making Pennsylvania the fourth state to adopt such a law.

Attorney Nicole Santo of the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, P.C applauds this new legislation: "We are happy to see that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has recognized the need for clarification on this once ambiguous issue and enacted this important piece of new legislation to protect our children. Studies have shown that children under the age of 2 are far safer if their car seat is rear-facing rather than forward facing.”

Act 43 take will take effect in August. In the law’s first year, violators will only be cited with a warning. After the one-year grace period, a fine up to $125 will be issued for each offense

“We have no greater responsibility as public servants than protecting our most vulnerable, including especially young children,” Governor Wolf said regarding Act 43. This new law is based off of a study performed by the American Academy of Pediatrics which concluded that children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash when riding in a rear-facing car seat.

Attorney Nicole Santo will be available to provide further comment or answer questions regarding Act 43. HKQ Kids was established in October 2005 by the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger, & Quinn, P.C., to promote child safety through community outreach and educational programs.