Child Passenger Safety

NO BOOSTER SEAT IS JUST AS DANGEROUS.

Make sure your child is in the right Child Safety Seat.  Many parents are unaware of the importance of proper use and installation of child passenger safety restraints and related laws.  

In 2021, 9 children less than eight years of age were killed and 80 suffered serious injuries as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri.  Thirty percent of the children killed and seriously injured were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States.

Stats & Facts
9 Children
Younger than 8 years old were killed as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri in 2021.
46 Percent
Of child passenger safety seats are improperly installed according to NHTSA.
39 Percent
In 2021, when the driver was not buckled, 39% of children killed or seriously injured were also not restrained.
17 Percent
Of children killed or seriously injured were not restrained when the driver was buckled up in 2021.
Child Passenger Safety

Videos on YouTube

Car Seats Save Lives

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 Car Seats Save Lives

2019 :06 Bumper 

2017 Child Passenger Safety

(Spanish) 

2017 Child Passenger Safety

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 2017 Child Passenger Safety

(ASL) 

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a mom and her child in front of a wrecked car

Child Passenger Note

Missouri law requires all children under eight to be in a child safety or booster seat until they are 80 lbs or 4'9" tall.

Related Campaigns

Click It or Ticket Campaign Materials

No matter what type of vehicle you drive, one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. In 2022, 11,302 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. Among the young adults (18 to 34) killed...

Saved By the Belt

The Missouri Department of Transportation - Office of Highway Safety's Saved by the Belt program raises awareness about the importance of everyone buckling up and celebrates those individuals who were involved in a car crash and were Saved by the...

Youth Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign

Make the Difference! The theme of this year’s campaign is “Make the Difference”, with :15 and :30 videos that feature teens making the difference to buckle up to show up. Wearing a safety belt gives you the best chance of surviving a crash. Law en...