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Child Passenger Safety

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. 

Children are best protected in the back seat. Because air bags were designed to protect average-sized adult males and NOT children they can be extremely dangerous to infant or young children seated in front of them.  According to research conducted by CHOP, children exposed to air bags during a crash are twice as likely to suffer a serious injury.

The Back Seat is the Safest Seat

Your child may think they’re a “big kid.” but don’t let them convince you that it’s appropriate for them to ride in the front seat.

Kids 12 and under need to sit in the back seat for their safety.

See what happens to a child in the front seat when an air bag deploys.

Child Passenger Safety Fact Sheet


For the safety of your children 

  • Be an attentive driver
  • Always buckle up
  • Always secure your children in the proper restraint for their age, height and weight.


Booster seats are the Law in Minnesota

All children under age 8 must ride in a federally approved care seat or booster seat, unless the child is 4'9" or taller. 

Learn more about Minnesota's child passenger safety law

View "Just as Dangerous" — booster seat TV PSA.