Kansas Car Seat Laws in 2021

In Kansas law, the Child Passenger Safety Act requires that any driver operating a motor vehicle to transport a child under fourteen years old on a highway must protect that child by the proper use      of a child passenger safety restraining system meeting or exceeding federal motor vehicle safety standards and specifications or the proper use of a safety belt that complies with federal motor vehicle safety standards. 

The Child Passenger Safety Act applies when a child under fourteen years  old is transported in a passenger car or on autocycle. The Act defines a passenger car as a motor vehicle manufactured or assembled after January 1, 1968, or manufactured or assembled before 1968 with safety belts, which is designed to carry no more than ten passengers. Vans are included in the definition of a passenger car. The Act defines an autocycle as a three-wheeled motorcycle.

Babies and Children Up to Three Years Old

A child up to the age of three years old must be properly protected by being secured in an appropriate child passenger safety restraining system meeting or exceeding federal motor vehicle
safety standards and specifications when being transported in a passenger vehicle or on an autocycle on a highway.

Children Four to Seven Years Old

A child between the ages of three and seven years old who weighs less than eighty pounds or is less than 4’9” in height must be properly protected by being secured in an appropriate child passenger safety restraining system meeting or exceeding federal motor vehicle safety standards and specifications when being transported in a passenger vehicle or on an autocycle on a highway.

Children Eight to Thirteen Years Old

A child between the ages of eight and thirteen years old or who weighs more than eighty pounds or is more than 4’9” in height must be properly protected by being secured in a safety belt that complies with federal motor vehicle safety standards when being transported in a passenger vehicle or on an autocycle on a highway.

Exemptions 

Your child may be exempt from the requirements of the Child Passenger Safety Act if you have more children subject to the law than the number of available seating locations to secure children in your motor vehicle and if all of the passenger securing locations are being used by other children.

Your child may be exempt from the requirements of the child passenger safety restraining system provision of the Child Passenger Safety Act if your child is between the ages of three and seven years old, the securing location only has a lap safety belt available, and your child is secured by the lap safety belt.

Your vehicle may be exempt from the requirements of the Child Passenger Safety Act if it is a motorcycle, a trailer or vehicle constructed on a truck chassis registered for a gross weight of more than 12,000 pounds, or a farm truck registered for a gross weight of more than 16,000 pounds. These vehicles are not considered passenger cars under the Child Passenger Safety Act.

* Ms. Blake is licensed in the state of Maryland. The information provided in this article does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.


Attorney Denise A. Blake*

Denise practices family law at Blake Law, LLC in Westminster, Maryland. She holds a Juris Doctor with an emphasis in Family Law from the University of Baltimore School of Law.