Kansas's child car seat laws apply to all children under the age of 14. This article covers what the law requires, the different types of car seats, and the penalties for car seat tickets.
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. Some children might fit into more than one of these categories. 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.
Generally, there are four types of restraints for children passengers in vehicles:
The type of seat that's appropriate generally depends on the size and age of the child.
The first type of seat a child would normally use is a rear-facing car seat. Rear-facing seats are typically for infants and small toddlers.
Once a child outgrows a rear-facing seat, the next step up is a forward-facing car seat. Children typically remain in forward-facing seats until around age five. But, again, it depends on the child's size and the seat specifications.
Children who have outgrown a forward-facing seat should typically go to a booster seat next. It's normally appropriate for children to remain in a booster seat until at least age eight.
Several exceptions apply to Kansas's child safety seat requirements. A car seat violation may be excusable if:
However, to ensure you're in compliance with the law, it's best to check with law enforcement.
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.