Child Passenger Safety
Montana law requires children to be properly restrained in a safety or booster seat until age 6 or 60 pounds. However, best practices suggest that children should ride in safety seats or booster seats until age 8 or 80 pounds.
Studies have shown that car seats significantly lower the risk of serious injury in children. Children aged 4 to 8 who are properly restrained in belt-positioning booster seats were 45% less likely to be injured than children who were using the vehicle seat belt.
4 out of 5 child safety seats are used improperly. If you are uncertain about whether or not your child's seat is installed correctly you can make an appointment with a local fitting station.
If you love them enough to suck the snot out of their nose at 4 a.m.
Get Car Seat Recall Notices
In addition to registering your car seat to receive recalls and safety notices from your car seat manufacturer, you can sign up to receive e-mail alerts from NHTSA about car seat and booster seat recalls to make sure your child remains safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer Free Car Seats?
The Missoula County Buckle Up Coalition has a limited number of car seats available to families who are receiving some form of public assistance.
Care Taker's Name (i.e., Mom, Dad, Grandparent, etc.)
Height and Weight of Child
I need a car seat, but I just had the baby and I'm still in the hospital. What do I do?
First, we would like to offer all the best of the best wishes to you and your newborn baby.
Can I continue to use our car seat after a crash?
The vehicle was able to be driven away from the crash site.
The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged.
None of the passengers in the vehicle sustained any injuries in the crash.
If the vehicle has air bags, the air bags did not deploy during the crash; and
There is no visible damage to the car seat.
Should I buy a used car seat?
A car seat is a vital piece of equipment that is designed to save your babies life. It's important to know the full histroy of the car seat.
Was the car seat ever involved in a moderate to severe crash?
Are all parts intact and in good working order?
Does the seat have its instruction book?
Can you find the seats lables stating the date of manufacture and it's model number?
Is the seat recalled? Search for Child Seat Recalls here
Is the seat expired?
When do I know my child has out grown their car seat?
The National Hghway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has a website called "Find The Right Seat" with tons of informaiton. There is even a handy calculator for you to use.
I need help installing the car seat I just purchased. Who can help?
The Missoula area has several different options for you. Check our page on Child Passenger Fitting Stations in our area. This page will list the dates and times for scheduled fitting stations. Most of the fitting stations appreciate and encourage scheduled appointments. Please call ahead.