Chapter 8: Automobiles And Other Vehicles

Article 13: Miscellaneous Provisions

Statute 8-1344: 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.