Every driver transporting a child under the age of 14 in Kansas must properly restrain the child as follows:
The quoted language above is from K.S.A. 8-1344. For children of certain age, height, and weight, it appears that more than one of the standards could apply. So, it’s best to check with your local law enforcement agency to ensure you’re using the right type of seat for your child.
(Read more about the types of child safety seats and restraints.)
Several exceptions apply to Kansas’s child safety seat requirements. A car seat violation may be excusable if:
Violations of the seatbelt or car seat requirements are misdemeanors in Kansas. A conviction is punishable by a $60 fine. However, the fine is waived for drivers who can provide proof to the court that, subsequent to being cited, they acquired the proper child restraint system.
Of course, it’s always better to use the correct seat or restraint system and avoid these fines. For assistance with choosing a car seat, you can contact Safe Kids Kansas or schedule a car seat installation inspection by calling 1-855-SEAT-CHECK. Also, car seats can be recalled or expire after a certain number of years, so it is always best to confirm your seat is safe to use.