Is Putting a Child in an Uber Without a Car Seat a Crime?

| May 18, 2020 | Firm News

Ride sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, are becoming increasingly popular. They are easy, convenient and you really don’t have to think about much. Unless, you are travelling with a small child. Those travelling with small children, now have to think hard about whether to accept a ride from a driver whose vehicle does not have an appropriate car seat. Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to accept a case which addresses this very issue. There is no question that a parent can be charged with child endangering for leaving a young child alone at home, even if there is no harm to a child. The reasoning is that such behavior creates the potential risk of harm to the child. Using this same reasoning, driving your own car, with a young child, who is not in a car seat, can also trigger a child endangering charge. So it is not a huge stretch of the imagination to predict that accepting an Uber ride from a driver without a car seat, could result in a child endangering charge. Perhaps the safest course of action is to contact the driver beforehand to confirm that they have a safe car seat. Or better (and cleaner) yet, just bring your own along. It may seem like a hassle – but it could save you a lot of grief later on down the line.