Minnesota law requires every motor vehicle operator, when transporting a child who is both under the age of eight and shorter than four feet nine inches on the streets and highways of this state in a motor vehicle equipped with factory-installed seat belts, shall equip and install for use in the motor vehicle, according to the manufacturer's instructions, a child passenger restraint system meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Some seats have been placed on a recall list. When a car
seat is purchased, the registration card should always be
sent in. If the seat has any recalls, the company will send
a notice to the buyer indicating the defect. If the registration
card was not sent in, the Benson Police Department has an
updated recall list of all manufactured car seats.
If a car seat has been involved in a crash, it should not
be used. The seats are designed to withstand the force of
one crash. The webbing on the harnesses can stretch, and
the plastic the seats are made of can bend and crack; both
of which will make them less effective during a second crash.
Installing the seats can be, and usually is, difficult.
There are several different styles and brands of car seats.
The first thing a consumer should do is read the owner’s
manual. This will give instructions on the proper way to
install the seat. Unfortunately, reading about it and installing
it are oftentimes two different things. The Benson Police
Department has a technician who is always willing to help
install a car seat. If questions or problems arise, please
feel free to contact Officer Nancy Dosdall at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 320-843-4790.