Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children age 1–13. Most of these deaths could be prevented with proper use of child safety seats. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, three out of four child safety seats are used incorrectly.
Get your car seat checked
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments and other agencies can check your car seat for proper use. See a list of local contacts to set up an appointment.
- Requires that 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 all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat as long as possible.
- Requires car seats be used according to the manufacturer's instructions and use a child passenger restraint system meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.
For instructions on choosing a car seat and how to properly install a child safety seat, visit Minnesota Department of Public Safety website.