Are you a parent or caregiver living in the Show Me state and don’t know about Missouri car seat laws? Not only could you be risking the lives of your young children that you transport in the family car, but you could also be subjecting yourself to unnecessary fines and time spent in court.

Briefly, the laws are quite simple and easy to understand. We recap them here from the original source, the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Missouri Child Restraint Law

The Missouri Child Restraint Law, which became effective August 28, 2006, requires that children must be in a booster seat if they are between the ages of four through seven and weight at least 40 pounds.

Here are the specifics of the Missouri car seat laws:

  • Children under four years old or weighing less than 40 pounds must be secured in an appropriate child safety seat.
  • Children from four through age seven who weigh at least 40 pounds must be placed securely in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat – unless they weigh 80 pounds or are 4-feet 9-inches tall.
  • Children aged eight and older weighing at least 80 pounds or are at least 4-feet 9-inches tall must be buckled into an appropriate booster seat or secured with a seat belt.

The fine for violation of the Missouri child restraint law is $50 plus court costs, posted on the current Missouri Department of Transportation site.

More Information on Child Car Seats

The Missouri DOT site also has a link to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website with important information and links on child safety seats.

Included are car seat recommendations, information on car seat recalls, registering your car seat, where to find a child seat inspection station, and ease-of-use ratings for all car seats sold in the U.S.

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children aged three to fourteen? Or that nearly 9,000 children’s lives have been saved because of child restraints in the period from 1975 through 2008?

Bottom line: Learning about Missouri car seat laws and how to effectively use car seats is the first step in protecting your young children. But you need to use them all the time, not just sometimes. This includes when your child is being transported in someone else’s vehicle and when you carry other children besides your own in your vehicle.

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