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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 rear seat.  Having advanced air bags in your vehicle does not mean kids can ride in the front seat. Children younger than 13 years of age are best protected in the rear seat.

"One size does not fit all"

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

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, read the car seat manual for height and weight guidelines.

  • A child is moved into a seatbelt to soon.

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.