The Child Passenger Safety Act
KSA 8-1343) is a primary law.
- All children under age four must be in an appropriate federally-approved child safety seat.
- Children four years of age, but under the age of eight years must be in an appropriate federally-approved child safety seat/booster seat UNLESS the child weighs more than 80 pounds OR is taller than 4'9" in height.
- Children eight years of age but under the age of 14 must be protected by a safety belt.
- All drivers transporting children
- All passenger vehicles designed for carrying 10 passengers or fewer
- Kansas residents and non-residents alike
- All seating positions in vehicle
DOES NOT APPLY TO:
- Vehicles on a truck chassis registered for more than 12,000 pounds
- Farm trucks registered for more than 16,000 pounds
- Drivers may be stopped solely for a violation
of this law.
- Only drivers may be cited for violations. The fine is $60, but will be waived if the driver provides proof of purchase or acquisition of the appropriate child passenger safety seat(s).
- There is no violation if the number of children being transported exceeds the number of securing locations and all securing locations are in use by children.
- Only a single violation exists even when more than one child in a vehicle is not properly restrained.
- Convictions are not considered moving violations.
- Persons under the age of 14 are prohibited from riding in any portion of the vehicle not intended for passengers; this includes riding in the back of pickup trucks (KSA 8-1578a).
The Kansas Safety
Belt Use Act (KSA 8-2501) applies to occupants age 14 and older.