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Avoid tragedy and higher auto insurance rates: Obey child safety seat laws

Posted On Mon, September 28, 2009

People who want to avoid high auto insurance rates and keep their families safe can start by making sure that they're in compliance with their state's child safety seat laws.

With that in mind, the federal government recently observed National Child Passenger Safety Week, which featured a variety of public education and other outreach efforts.

The week also features law enforcement entities in many states holding free inspection events to ensure that parents have properly installed a safety seat.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the number of parents who not have a properly installed child safety seat could be alarming. Out of more than 1,000 vehicles that were inspected during the past week in Pennsylvania, some 80 percent were found to be incorrectly installed.

Along with keeping the safety seats properly installed, parents are also advised to ensure that all children under the age of 13 sit in the back of a vehicle. The CDC also advises that infants should be kept in the back seat in safety seats facing to the back of the vehicle until they weigh at least 20 pounds. Beyond that point, parents are advised to keep their children in forward-facing safety seats.

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