Child Seat/Child Restraint Resources

Keeping Kids Safe in Vehicles

In Minnesota, three out of four child seats are used incorrectly, and many parents aren't aware of the restraint steps a child should progress through as they age and grow. A vehicle is the most dangerous place for children? and crashes are the leading killer of children under age 14.

Is your child in the right restraint?

  • Learn the  restraint steps a child should progress through as they age and grow.

Do you know how to properly secure your child? 

Common Child Passenger Safety Mistakes

  • Turning a child from a rear-facing restraint to a forward-facing restraint too soon.  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends keeping children rear-facing until 2 years old if possible.

  • Restraint is not secured tight enough ? it should not shift more than one inch side-to-side or out from the seat.

  • Harness on the child is not tight enough ? if you can pinch harness material, it's too loose.

  • Retainer clip is up too high or too low ? should be at the child's armpit level.

  • The child is in the wrong restraint ? don't rush your child into a seat belt.

Give Kids a Boost! Booster Seats Are the Law in Minnesota

Booster seats lift a child up to help adult seat belts fit children properly. Children must start riding in a booster upon outgrowing a forward-facing harness restraint (typically age 4 and 40?60 pounds). Children should remain in a booster until age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall, whichever comes first. It is recommended, however, for children remain in a booster based on their height rather than age.

Learn more about Minnesota's child passenger safety law, which requires a child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches to be fastened in a child safety seat or booster. 

  • View "Just as Dangerous" ? booster seat TV PSA.

Soon-to-Be Mom? Stay Safe Behind the Wheel During Pregnancy

Use this seat belt use guide to be safe during your pregnancy.

Source:  https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/child-passenger-safety/Pages/default.aspx

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