Car Seats

Child Passenger Safety

  • Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children under the age of 14.
  • According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, three out of four child seats are used incorrectly and many parents are not aware of the types of car seats to use as a child grows or how to properly install the seat in the vehicle.

Minnesota Law

  • Minnesota state law requires that children age 7 and under be restrained in an appropriate, federally approved car seat or booster seat, unless the child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller.
  • Minnesota law also requires drivers and all passengers to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint and allows law enforcement to stop and ticket those who are in violation of the law.


  • For help with choosing a car seat or how to install a seat properly in your vehicle, visit the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety website.
  • Families with limited income or whose children participate in a Medical Assistance program may be eligible for a free car seat. Please call Washington County Public Health and Environment at 651-430-6655 and ask to speak to a Public Health Nurse.