Car Seats

Child Passenger Safety


  • Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for children.
  • Parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference by using child restraints correctly.
  • According to the US Department of Transportation, three out of four child seats are not used correctly. 
  • Many parents are not aware of the type of car seat to use as a child grows or how to properly install the seat in the vehicle. 

Minnesota Law


  • Requires that all children under age 8 must ride in a federally approved car seat or booster seat, unless the child is 4 feet, 9 inches or taller.
  • Recommends that children remain in rear-facing seats for as long as possible. 
  • Requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions (including the back seat) must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.
  • Seat belt and child restraint laws are primary offenses. Law enforcement will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. 

Car Seat Request Form


Families with limited income or whose children participate in a Medical Assistance program may be eligible for a free car seat. Click here to complete the request form.

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