Passenger Safety

car seat install

Free Child Safety Seat Checks

11900 Westgate St.

First Wednesday of the month by appointment

913-895-6419 or sign up online

Child Passenger Seat Safety

The Overland Park Police Department Traffic Safety Unit conducts child safety seat installations and inspections to help promote proper and safe installation of child passenger seats. A certified child passenger safety technician will work with you to make sure you have the knowledge necessary to properly install your child safety seat in your vehicle.

Before your appointment:

  • Make sure your child restraint has all the original parts and is not broken, damaged, past the expiration date or recalled. Officers will not install damaged or expired seats. Secondhand seats will not be installed if parents do not know the seat's full history.
  • Please bring the manufacturer's installation booklet and your vehicle's owner's manual with you.
  • For newborn safety seats, try to schedule an appointment well before the child's due date to ensure the seat is properly installed.
  • We encourage you to bring your child with you to the appointment to ensure a proper fit. If that's not possible, know your child's height and weight. Please consider bringing another adult to help watch children while you are working with the officer for installation.
  • If you have more than one child safety seat to install, please make two appointments.

During the appointment:

  • The technician will complete a checklist form.
  • You and the technician will the manufacturer’s installation booklet and the vehicle owner’s manual to ensure proper installation of child restraint.
  • The technician will inspect child restraint for recalls, visible damage and expiration date.
  • The technician will assist in installation of child restraint(s).
  • Officers will answer any questions you have regarding state laws and best practices for child passenger safety.

Seat Belt Safety

The back seat is safest for children. It is estimated that children ages 12 and under are up to 36 percent less likely to die in a crash if they are in a rear seat of a vehicle. We can save more lives and reduce injuries by strongly encouraging everyone, regardless of age or location in the vehicle, to buckle up. Below are Kansas state laws regarding seat belts:

Children

  • Under the age of 4 must be secured in a federally approved child safety seat. KSA 8-1344
  • Ages 4-7 must be secured in a federally approved booster seat if they are less than 4-feet-9-inches tall or weigh less than 80 pounds. KSA 8-1344
  • Ages 8-14 or who weigh more than 80 pounds or is more than 4-feet-9-inches tall, must be in a seat belt anywhere in the vehicle. KSA 8-1344
  • Ages 14-18 must have a seat belt properly fastened at all times when the vehicle is in motion, regardless of where they are sitting. KSA 8-2501

Adults

  • Ages 18 and older, seated in the front seat of a vehicle, must have a seat belt properly fastened at all times when the vehicle is in motion. KSA 8-2501