Seatbelt Requirements

In the State of Kansas, all occupants of a vehicle are required to be restrained.  Anybody in the front seat and children fall into the primary law category.  This means, if you are observed unrestrained by a law enforcement officer, your vehicle may be stopped without any other violations present.

Children Under 1 Year of Age:
Children under 1 year of age should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.  There are several different types of rear-facing car seats available.

Children Ages 1-3
It is safest to keep your child in a rear-facing seat as long as possible.  Children should remain in a rear-facing seat until they reach the height or weight limit set by the seat’s manufacturer.  When your child outgrows the rear-facing seat, they are ready to ride in a forward facing car seat with a harness.

Children Ages 4-7
All children ages 4-7 are required to ride in a booster seat until the child reaches 4’9″ or 80lbs.  After they reach the height and weight limit, they are ready to ride with a seatbelt.  It is suggested they still ride in the back seat.

Children Ages 8-13
Children ages 8-13 are required to be protected by a seatbelt unless they are under 4’9″ and/or 80lbs.

Teenagers Ages 14-18
Teenagers ages 14-18 are required to be protected by a seatbelt.  Citations may be issued to occupants who fall into this age range.

More Information
For more information regarding types of booster seats, please visit, contact Safe Kids Kansas at 785.296.0351, or the Kansas Safety Belt Education Office at 1.800.416.2522