Car Seat Safety & Education
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.
Learn the restraint steps a child should progress through.
Learn about all types of child restraints and how to use them. View instructional child seat instructional videos.
Most 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 is 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 - Do not rush your child into a seatbelt.
Give Kids a Boost! Booster Seats Are the Law in Minnesota
Booster seats lift a child up to help adult seatbelts fit children properly. Children must start riding in a booster upon outgrowing a forward-facing harness restraint. A child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches is required to be fastened in a child safety seat or booster seat that meets federal safety standards. Under this law, a child cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall—whichever comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather than their age.