Child Passenger Seat Safety
The Overland Park Police Department Traffic Safety Unit conducts child safety seat installations and inspections for Overland Park residents.
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 most vehicles.
If you live outside of Overland Park, please contact the Kansas Highway Patrol for child seat safety checks.
Making an appointment
Installations and inspections are scheduled by appointment only with a certified child passenger safety technician.
Appointments take place at the Westgate Police Station, 11900 Westgate Street.
Call 913-895-6419 for an appointment and the technician will arrange a time with you.
The Police Department is not accepting new appointments until December 5, 2019, due to construction at the Westgate Police Station. Please contact the Kansas Highway Patrol or visit www.safekids.org for more information or assistance installing a car seat.
If you have more than one child safety seat to install, please make two appointments.
Before the appointment
- Make sure your seat 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.
- Schedule an appointment well before the child's due date to ensure a newborn seat is properly installed.
- Bring your child with you to the appointment to ensure a proper fit, if possible. Consider bringing another adult to watch children while you are working with the officer for installation. If your child cannot attend the appointment, know your child's height and weight.
During the appointment
- The technician will inspect the seat for recalls, visible damage, and confirm it has not passed the expiration date.
- The technician will assist with installation of the child safety seat.
- Officers will answer any questions you have regarding state laws and best practices for child passenger safety.
- Technicians will discuss best practices for your child's safety.
If you are in need of a child seat and are unable to purchase one, you may qualify for one at no cost. Please mention this need to the technician in advance when you call to schedule your appointment.
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:
- 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
- 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