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Downingtown Police Department

 

Safety Seat Inspections


Downingtown Police Sgt. Lee Powell and Officers Jason Schmolz, Joel Williams and Stefanie Dunne have earned certifications as “Child Safety Seat Technicians” and are now authorized to check all types of child safety seats to ensure that they are installed properly. Free safety checks are held by appointment and can be arranged by filling out the online form here. Please allow for about one hour for the comprehensive inspection and remember to bring along the vehicle owner’s manual and the safety seat instruction booklet.

American Academy of Pediatrics Child Passenger Safety Recommendations

 
The policy statement is clear and concise as it encourages slowing the transition from one child restraint type to the next. It does this with five best practice recommendations:
  • Best practice recommendation No. 1 states, “All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat (CSS) until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their CSS.”
  • Best practice recommendation No. 2 states, “All children 2 years or older, or those younger than 2 years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their CSS, should use a forward-facing CSS with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of their CSS.”
  • Best practice recommendation No. 3 states, “All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their CSS should use a belt-positioning-booster until the vehicle lap-and-shoulder seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.”
  • Best practice recommendation No. 4 states, “When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap-and-shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.”
  • Best practice recommendation No. 5 states, “All children younger than 13 years of age should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.”
A large number of child restraints with high weight harnesses and taller seat backs have been available for some time in the U.S. market. Parents may have already purchased a high weight harness seat without realizing the true benefit of it.

Howard L. Holland, Police Chief

Downingtown Police Department
10 W. Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335

IN AN EMERGENCY:
DIAL 911

Non-Emergency Number: 610-269-0263 or 610-383-7000

 


 

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