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Jeff Himler
Dylan DeShong, 5, of Ford City, is strapped in his car seat by PennDOT Safety Press Officer Jay Ofsanik as Ford City Sgt. John Atherton and the boy’s mother, Sara, look on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

State police will conduct car safety seat inspections Wednesday at two Westmoreland County locations.

The checks to ensure that seats are installed correctly will be offered from 2 to 8 p.m. at 451 Hyde Park Road, Leechburg, and from 3 to 9 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, 131 Irving Ave., Latrobe.

The inspections are part of Pennsylvania’s observance of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sunday through Sept. 29.

State police checked more than 1,900 seats last year and found more than 750 that weren’t correctly used.

Pennsylvania law requires drivers, front seat passengers and all other passengers between ages 8 and 18 to wear a seat belt. Children under age 4 must be restrained in an approved child safety seat while those ages 4-8 are to be secured in an appropriate booster seat.

A child below age 2 must be fastened in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system, which is to be used until the child outgrows the maximum limits designated by the manufacturer.

Because of potential dangers associated with air bag deployment, children under age 12 should be secured in a vehicle’s rear seat.

If a driver is stopped for a traffic violation and isn’t properly restrained, the driver can receive an additional ticket and fine.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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