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Missouri Car Seat Laws

Published on Jun 18, 2020 by Thomas Law Offices.

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When you’re traveling with your little one in the car you want them to be as safe as possible, so you strap them into a car seat in the back seat. You might have a front-facing car seat for your one-year-old, but if you’re in the state of Missouri, that could soon be against the law.

While front-facing car seats allow you to more easily see your child in the rear-view mirror while driving, it might not be the safest mode of transportation for them, depending on your child’s size and age. Staying up-to-date on the state’s car seat laws is the best way to ensure your child is safe.

Rear-Facing vs. Front-Facing Car Seats

As is stands, the current Missouri car seat laws state that children under 16 years old must be properly restrained according to their height and weight. Here are the specific parameters that are clearly outlined by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MDOT):

  • Children under 8 years of age, less than 80 pounds, and shorter than 4 foot 9 inches are required to be in a child passenger restraint system
  • Children over 8 years old, weighing more than 80 pounds, and taller than 4 foot 9 inches must use a booster seat
  • All children must wear their seat belt regardless of height, weight, and age

Recently, a bill was passed by the state House that requires children under 2 years old to be in rear-facing car seats while in our state. Rear-facing car seats are safer for children who weigh less than 40 pounds because there is a lower risk of injury than forward-facing car seats in children that small, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The car seat can protect and support the head, neck, and spine more effectively when it’s facing the rear because the child is kept still in a collision or when the driver brakes suddenly. In forward-facing car seats, children under 2 can face worse injuries after a car accident because the straps hold their body in place, but since their heads are bigger and heavier than their bodies, it is likely to whip forward and cause neck and spine injuries.

After being passed by the Missouri House, the bill moves on to the Senate, where it may or may not get passed as a law. If passed, you will be required to put your toddler in a rear-facing car seat while driving in the state of Missouri.

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Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

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