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Minnesota Car Seat Laws


It’s always a good idea to refresh your memory on laws, because they are constantly being updated and reworded. Traffic laws change quite frequently, and it’s your responsibility as a driver to know the current laws where you are driving. Some people are surprised to learn that as you drive across state lines, you are responsible for knowing and obeying that state’s laws.

Minnesota has very specific Child Passenger Restraint Laws, which may be different in another state. At the time of this blog post, children under eight years old and shorter than 4’9″ must be in a booster seat. They can not legally transition to only a seat belt until one of those requirements is met. The American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends children be at least 8-12 years old and at least 4’9″ before using only a seat belt for restraint.

Infants under 20 pounds and under one year old, must be in a rear-facing car seat. For more information on Child Passenger Restraint Laws, you can read Minnesota Statute 169.685 or visit the Department of Public Safety.

Did You Know?

Did you know that car seats get old? Just like food, car seat/infant seats have an expiration date. Be aware of this if you receive a second-hand seat from a friend. Any seat that is past its expiration date or has been involved in an automobile accident should be discarded. In the event of an accident, some insurance companies may pay for a replacement seat, but you should check with your agent and policy. 

*This blog post is not a substitute for knowing and looking up current child restraint laws. Laws change frequently so make sure you read advice directly from the MN Department of Public Safety.