Kansas Car Seat Laws

Kansas Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Kansas children under the age of one (1) and weighing less than twenty (20) pounds must ride in a rear facing child safety seat.
  • Children that are one (1) through three (3) years of age must be secured in a forward facing child safety seat.
  • Children ages four (4) through seven (7) must be secured in a booster seat until the child is four feet, nine inches (4’9”) in height or weighs eighty (80) pounds.
  • Children ages eight (8) through thirteen (13) must be properly restrained with a vehicle safety belt.

Kansas Car Seat Progression

Rear Facing Car SeatRear Facing Car Seat

  • Children under the age of one (1) should ride in a rear facing car seat.
  • This can be a rear facing infant seat or a convertible rear facing seat.
  • A convertible car seat typically has a higher weight limit (see manufacturer’s instructions) and may allow you to keep your child in a rear facing position for a longer period of time.
  • It is always safest to keep your child in a rear facing car seat in the back seat of the vehicle for as long as possible and in accordance with the car seat manufacturer’s instructions.

Forward Facing Car SeatFront Facing Car Seat

  • After your child outgrows the rear facing car seat the child can be secured in a front facing car seat with a harness.

  • Front facing car seats are typically used for children ages one (1) to three (3).
  • Front facing car seat should also be secured in the back seat of the vehicle for maximum safety.

Booster SeatBooster Seats

  • Children ages four (4) through seven (7) must be secured in a booster seat until the child is four feet, nine inches (4’9”) in height or weighs eighty (80) pounds.
  • Booster seats are made to be used with a lap and shoulder belt combination.
  • If the vehicle does not have a lap and shoulder belt system the child should be secured using a seat belt.

Seat BeltsSeat Belts

  • Children eight (8) years of age, over eighty (80) pounds or above or four feet, nine inches (4’9”) in height may be secured with vehicle safety belts.
  • The lap belt should fit across the upper thighs, not the stomach.
  • The shoulder belt should like snug across the shoulder and chest not the neck.
  • Children should continue to ride in the back seat of the vehicle until they reach the age of thirteen (13).

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