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Ellis County Courthouse
1204 Fort Street, Hays, KS 67601
Ph: (785) 628-9410
Child Safety Seat Information
Child Safety Seat Inspections and Installations
Ellis County Sheriff's Office provides Child Safety Seat Inspections and Installations free of charge to any member of the public. Stop by the Sheriff's Office or contact Deputy Brian Shannon to arrange an appointment or any questions you may have about child safety seats. Deputy Shannon can also come to any business or residence located within Ellis County to perform an inspection or installation.

4 Steps for Kids

Step 1-Rear facing infant seat

Children under 1

Children must ride in a rear-facing child seat until they reach at least 1 year old and 20 pounds.

Step 2-forward facing toddler seat

Children ages 1, 2, and 3

Children ages 1, 2, and 3 must be properly restrained in a forward-facing child seat.

 

Children ages 4, 5, 6, and 7

All children ages 4, 5, 6, and 7 are required to ride in a booster seat unless*:

  • The child weighs more than 80 pounds; or
  • the child is taller than 4 feet 9 inches; or
  • only a lap belt is available.

Children who meet the above height and weight criteria must be protected by a seat belt.

Step 4-seat belt

Children ages 8 through 13

Children ages 8 though 13 must be protected by a seat belt


Child passenger safety; restraining systems for children under the age of four; use of booster seats, when; use of seat belts by children, when; exceptions.

(a) Every driver as defined in K.S.A. 8-1416, and amendments thereto, who transports a child under the age of 14 years in a passenger car as defined in K.S.A. 8-1343a, and amendments thereto, on a highway as defined in K.S.A. 8-1424, and amendments thereto, shall provide for the protection of such child by properly using:

      (1)   For a child under the age of four years an appropriate child passenger safety restraining system that meets or exceeds the standards and specifications contained in federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 213;

      (2)   for a child four years of age, but under the age of eight years and who weighs less than 80 pounds or is less than 4 feet 9 inches in height, an appropriate child passenger safety restraining system that meets or exceeds the standards and specifications contained in federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 213; or

      (3)   for a child eight years of age but under the age of 14 years or who weighs more than 80 pounds or is more than 4 feet 9 inches in height, a safety belt manufactured in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 208.

      (b)   If the number of children subject to the requirements of subsection (a) exceeds the number of passenger securing locations available for use by children affected by such requirements, and all of these securing locations are in use by children, then there is not a violation of this section.

      (c)   If a securing location only has a lap safety belt available, the provisions of subsection (a)(2) shall not apply and the child shall be secured in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a)(3).

      History:   L. 1981, ch. 33, § 2; L. 1984, ch. 38, § 1; L. 1989, ch. 40, § 1; L. 1992, ch. 317, § 2; L. 1997, ch. 80, § 1; L. 2006, ch. 44, § 1; July 1.



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