CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY


A rear-facing infant seat should not be used in a front passenger seat equipped with an air bag. The back of the rear-facing safety seat is located very close to the dashboard, where the air bag is
housed. The air bag could hit the back of the safety seat very hard, and this could seriously injure the baby’s head and brain.

  • The worst possible place for a child to ride is in the arms of an adult. An unrestrained adult can literally crush a child against the dashboard.
  • A child safety seat holds onto your child in a crash and keeps the child from hitting dangerous objects or from being thrown out of the vehicle.
  • All 50 states and the District of Columbia have child passenger protection laws.
  • The safest place for a child under 13 years of age to be secured is in the rear seat.


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Children less than four years old OR less than 40 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat.
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Children ages four through seven who weigh at least 40 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat OR booster seat UNLESS they are 80 pounds OR 4’9” tall.
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Children eight and over OR weighing at least 80 pounds OR at least 4’9” tall are required to be secured by a safety belt OR booster seat appropriate for that child.



Exemptions:

  • Children who should be riding in a booster seat may ride in the back seat wearing only a lap belt if the back seat does not have a combination lap and shoulder belt - booster seats should never be used with a lap belt only.
  • If there are more children in the immediate family than seating positions, the children who can’t be restrained by a child safety restraint shall sit in the back seat unless the vehicle only has a front seat.
  • Public carriers for hire (e.g. taxi cabs, public transportation).
  • Students four or older on a school bus designed for 11 or more passengers.


Riding in pickup cargo area not allowed for children under 18.

For more information visit Arive Alive and MSHP's Seat Belt Brochure