Montana Department of Transportation

Malcolm “Mack” Long, Director


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Child Passenger Safety

It’s a familiar routine: strapping your child into the car seat before you get behind the wheel—but, is your child really safe?

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In the last ten years, 43 children under the age of ten have died in motor vehicle crashes in Montana.

Montana law requires all children under age six and weighing less than 60 lbs. to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends keeping children in their car seats for as long as possible before moving them to the next type of car seat. Many children are not tall enough to graduate from a booster seat to a lap and shoulder belt alone until they are at least 4’9” tall, which is about eight years or older.

Is Your Child in the Right Seat - Know for Sure

Choosing the right child car seat

It’s not an easy task to find the right car seat. After all, there are several types of seats to choose from depending on your child’s age and size. Even after you find the right one, it’s important to know how to install your car seat correctly and when to transition your child to another type of seat as your child grows older.

Fortunately, there's help. NHTSA guides you through the process to make sure your child remains safe.

Step 1: Find the right car seat.

Step 2: Install it—correctly.

A NHTSA study revealed that nearly 75 percent of parents don't know how to use child safety restraints properly.

Step 3: Register it.

Register your car seats so you receive recall notices!

Car Seat Inspections

Child passenger safety technicians in Montana report that about 75 to 80 percent—that's four out of five—of the car seats they checked are not installed properly.

Seat Check Events in Montana

Each year during Child Passenger Safety Week, MDT works with child passenger safety technicians throughout Montana to schedule a series of car seat checkup events. During these events, parents and child caregivers are encouraged to participate in a free child safety seat checkup with the experts to learn how to properly install the right car seat.

Contact a Montana Child Safety Seat Inspection Station near you.