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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 HKQ Law, 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.

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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