Child Passenger Safety
Specially trained staff (Certified Passenger Safety Technicians) collaborate with Morrison County Child Safety Task Force and other local agencies to provide Car Seat Clinics. Technician's check seats for defects and recalls, assist with correct installation and correct fit. They also answer questions about child car seats, booster seats, and passenger safety. Information printouts are given. No charge for attending the clinic, but new car seats and boosters are made available on a sliding fee or covered by some insurances.Most crashes occur near home and can be violent, even at lower speeds. When used correctly, child safety seats can prevent injuries and save lives. Secure children properly every time they ride!
Car Passenger Requirements for Children:
Birth - 12 Months
1 - 3 Years Old
4 - 7 Years Old
8 - 12 Years Old
For more information about Car Seat Recommendations for Children:
Parents Guide To Playing It Safe
Pregnant Women and Seat Belts
Never place the lap belt above or on your belly.
Place the shoulder belt across your chest (between your breasts) and away from your neck.
Adjust the lap belt across your hips/pelvis, and below your belly.
Never place the shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.
Child Passenger Restraint Law
- All children under age 8 must ride in a federally approved car seat or booster seat, unless the child is 4'9" or taller.
- Safety seats must be installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Infants (under 20 pounds and one year of age) must be in a rear-facing safety seat.
- Law applies to all motor vehicles originally equipped with factory-installed seat belts.
- Law applies to all seating positions.
- Driver is responsible.
- Petty misdemeanor fine for violation is $50 (may be waived if violator shows proof of obtaining a safety seat within 14 days).
- Applies to both residents and non-residents of Minnesota.
- Suspected non-use is a valid basis to stop a motor vehicle.
Common Child Passenger Safety Mistakes
- Turning a child from a rear-facing restraint to a forward-facing restraint too soon. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends keeping children rear-facing until 2 years old if possible.
- Restraint is not secured tight enough — it should not shift more than one inch side-to-side or out from the seat.
- Harness on the child is not tight enough — if you can pinch harness material, it’s too loose.
- Retainer clip is up too high or too low — should be at the child’s armpit level.
- The child is in the wrong restraint — don’t rush your child into a seat belt.
- And remember, kids should ride in the back seat until age 13.
For more information call 320-632-6664 or 1-866-401-1111.