Child Passenger Safety Technician
Did you know that 7 out of 10 child safety seats are used incorrectly in Minnesota?
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office has a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician available free of charge to help teach parents and/or caregivers to make sure the children in their care are properly restrained in the appropriate seat given the child's age, height and weight.
- As of July 1, 2009, Minnesota law requires ALL children age 7 and under ot ride in a federally approved child safety seat or booster UNLESS the child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller.
- Infants under 20 pounds and 1 year of age MUST be in a rear facing safety seat. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that children under the age of 2 remain rear facing.
- Seats must be installed and used according ot the manufacturer instructions. Our Technician can help you figure out the best way to install your seat whether it is property using the LATCH system or the safety belt system in your vehicle.
Common Child Passenger Mistakes:
- The restraint is not secured tight enough. It should not move more than 1 inch side to side or front to back on the seat.
- The harness straps are too loose on the child. If you can pinch the webbing on the harness- it's too loose.
- The retainer clip is either too high or too low on the child- it should be at armpit level.
- The child is in the wrong seat.
Contact Deputy Sandy Dose at 952-891-7305 or the Dakota County Sheriff's Office to schedule an appointment and give yourself peace of mind that you have installed your seat correctly, and answer any questions you may have.
There are alos websites you can visit for more information on recall's, car seat laws, resource material, inspection clinics or just to find a technician nar you to schedule an inspection.
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For more information please contact Sandra.Dose@co.dakota.mn.us