Minnesota Car Seat Laws
- In the State of Minnesota all children under the age of seven (7) must be secured in a car seat or booster seat that is federally approved.
- Children must continue to ride in an approved booster seat or car seat until they reach the age of eight (8) or reach the height of four-feet, nine inches (4’9”) tall.
- All children under the age of one (1) and under twenty (20) pounds in weight must be secured in a rear facing infant safety seat.
Child Passenger Safety Seat Step Guide
- Children from birth to one (1) year of age and twenty (20) pounds must ride in a rear facing infant or convertible car seat.
- It is recommended to keep a child in a rear facing car seat until the age of two (2) or the upper weight limit defined by the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Using a convertible car seat will allow your child to stay in a rear facing position longer based on the manufacturer’s recommended seat weight limits.
- Always place a rear facing car seat in the back seat of the vehicle.
- Never place a rear facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle with an airbag.
- Children should be placed in a forward facing car seat with a harness in the back seat of a vehicle after they have outgrown a rear facing car seat.
- Children should stay in the forward facing car seat until they reach the weight limit suggested in the manufacturer’s instructions (Typically 40-60 Pounds)
- Booster Seats are required by laws in the State of Minnesota
- All children must use a booster seat after they outgrow their forward facing harnessed car seat.
- Children must stay in a booster seat until they reach the age of eight (8) or until they reach the height of four-feet, nine inches (4’9”) tall.
- Booster seats must be used with a lap and shoulder belt combination.
- The lap portion of the belt should fit comfortably across the upper thigh of the child and the shoulder belt should fit across the chest, not the neck.
- All passengers over the age of eight (8) or four-feet, nine inches (4’9”) tall must wear an adult safety belt.
- The Minnesota Seat Belt Law is a primary enforcement law; this means a driver may be detained for suspected non-use of safety belts.
More on the Minnesota Car Seat Law
- The Minnesota Child Passenger Restraint Law applies to all seating positions and to all vehicles with factory installed seat belts.
- Child safety seats must be installed per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The Minnesota Child Passenger Restraint Law applies to residents and non-residents of Minnesota.
- The Minnesota car seat law is a primary enforcement law; this means a driver may be detained for suspected non-use of child safety seats.
- The driver of a vehicle is responsible for making sure passengers are properly secured.
- The fine for a violation of the Minnesota car seat law is $50, this fine may be waived under certain circumstances.
Exceptions to the Minnesota Car Seat Law
- Children with a certifiable medical condition that would make restraint inadvisable.
- Children riding in a taxi, airport limousine, bus or other motor vehicle for hire excluding rental and leased vehicles.
- Children riding in emergency or peace office vehicles where medical needs or restraint options do not allow compliance with the criteria listed above.
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