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Child Car Seat Information

90% of South Dakota’s child safety seats are being used incorrectly. Could yours be one of them? Stop wondering! To have your child safety seat/booster checked, contact the Avera Children's Car Seat Program at 322-3485.

Avera Children’s Hospital integrates car seat safety as part of patient care and community outreach. The following report shows how patients and the community were reached through Avera McKennan with car seat education and distribution. Download the report now.


Read the brochure Car Seat Shopping Tips on what to look for in a well fitting seat for infants.

Visit the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration website for more information.

Watch our expert demonstrate car seat safety techniques.

Make sure your child's seat is installed properly.

  • Avera McKennan 605-322-3485 — Call for appointment
  • Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue 605-367-7063 — Sat. 9–11 a.m.
  • Sioux Falls Law Enforcement Center 605-367-7230 —
    Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • AAA South Dakota 605-336-3690 or 605-361-2107 —
    Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

South Dakota State child passenger seat law
Infants through children age four and weighing 40 pounds or less must be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat. The law is a primary offense and carries a $20 fine.*

*To transport older children safely, use a booster seat until your child weighs between 80 and 100 pounds, is about 4’9” tall and can pass the Safety Belt Fit Test. For most children, that will be between ages eight & 12.

Access safety tips

The following are quick tips for safely transporting children.

  • Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions to your child safety seat and vehicle.
  • Harness straps should be snug, so you can’t pinch extra webbing at the shoulder. Straps should be at or below shoulders for rear-facing and at or above for forward facing.
  • Place chest clip at armpit level.
  • Use the car’s safety belt or LATCH system to lock the car seat into the vehicle so that it does not move more than an inch side to side or front to back at the belt path.
  • Children should ride in a rear-facing child safety seat until they reach the maximum weight or their head is within one inch of the car seat top.
  • Use a booster seat until your child weighs between 80 and 100 pounds, is about 4’9” tall and can pass the Safety Belt Fit Test.
  • ALL children ages 12 and under should ride in the back seat—the safest place.

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