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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 

Child Passenger Safety

Keeping Kids Safe in Vehicles

 

 

Minnesota Child Car Seat Law and Steps

  • In Minnesota, all children must be in a child restraint until they are 4’9” tall, or at least age 8, whichever comes first.
  • Rear-facing child seats - Newborns to at least 1 year and 20 pounds; recommended up to age 2. It is safest to keep a child rear-facing as long as possible.
  • Forward-facing seats - Age 2 until around age 4. It's preferable to keep children in a harnessed restraint until they reach the maximum weight limit.
  • Booster seats - Use after outgrowing a forward-facing harnessed restraint; safest to remain in a booster until 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8, whichever comes first.
  • Seat belts - Use when children can sit with their back against the vehicle seat and have their knees bent comfortably over the edge with their feet touching the floor.

 Keeping Children Safe

  • In the past five years (2014 – 2018), 18 children (ages 0–7) were killed in motor vehicles and only 39 percent of the victims were known to be properly secured.
  • Of the 89 children (ages 0–7) seriously injured in motor vehicles in the past five years, only 49 percent of the victims were known to be properly secured.
  • Of the 17,237 children ages 0–7 who were properly restrained in the past five years, 87 percent were not injured, and almost 12.5 percent sustained only minor or possible injuries.

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.
  • Always have your children sit in the back seat.

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