Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Transportation will offer free child safety seat checks next week.
Each state police troop will conduct at least one safety seat check during the week as part of the annual National Child Passenger Safety Week campaign.
The seat checks are designed to teach drivers the proper installation and use of child safety seats.
Pennsylvania law requires that children under age 4 ride in a federally approved car seat that is appropriate for the child's age, height and weight. Children ages 4 to 8 must use a booster seat if they are no longer in a car seat.
Because of the potential dangers associated with air bag deployment, officials say children 12 and under should always ride in a back seat.
For a list of seat safety inspection locations and dates, click on the "Public Safety" link at www.psp.state.pa.us.