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Child Passenger Safety

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Elementary Schools — Promote Booster Seat Safety

Elementary teachers are encouraged to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of booster seats for students in grades K-2 by using these 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.

 

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Watch Instructional Car Seat Videos 

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 after turning age 4 and 40–60 pounds). It is safest for children to remain in a booster until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8.  

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.