South Dakota Car Seat Laws

South Dakota Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of South Dakota all children under the age of five (5) must be properly secured with a child passenger restraint system.
  • The child passenger restraint system must be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The child passenger restraint system must meet the Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 as of January 1st, 1981.
  • Children that are under the age of five (5) but weigh a minimum of forty (40) pounds may be restrained with a vehicle Safety Belt.

South Dakota Seat Belt Laws

  • In the State of South Dakota all drivers and front seat passengers must wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system.
  • The driver of a vehicle is responsible for making sure children between the five (5) and seven (7) years of age seated in the front seat of a vehicle is using a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system.
  • The fine for a violation of the South Dakota Seat Belt Law is $25.

Exceptions to the South Dakota Seat Belt Law

  • Vehicles manufactured before September 1, 1973.
  • A written medical statement from a physician describing why the patient can’t wear a safety belt.
  • United States Postal Service Rural mail carrier while delivering mail.
  • Any person delivering newspapers or periodicals on an assigned home delivery route.

Source Links for this Page

South Dakota Department of Public Safety

South Dakota Safety Belt Use Law

South Dakota Legislature Codified Law 32-37-1