Child Seat Safety Information

Kansas state law requires all children under the age of 14 to be restrained using the proper child safety systems. The Leawood Police Department and the Leawood Fire Department have joined together to coach those who need to install child safety seats and offer inspections of an already installed seat. The public safety personnel are also able to install a seat for those who are physically unable to do so themselves.

To minimize wait times, we have an appointment based system for the inspections. Please call ahead to make sure that we are able to get your seat inspected for you. Please try to make your appointments at least a week in advance. To schedule an inspection:

  • On Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., call Becky Craig at (913) 266-0600 X 10
  • Other days: Call the Leawood Police Department at (913) 642-5555.
  • Or you can send an e-mail to the employees who do inspections, They will call you to set up an appointment.

The American Academy of Pediatricians suggests these recommendations:

  • Infants and toddlers should ride in rear-facing car safety seats (CSS) as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their CSS’s manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits allowing rear-facing use for 2 years or more.
  • Children who’ve outgrown a rear-facing CSS should use a forward-facing CSS with a harness as long as possible, up to the CSS manufacturer’s highest weight or height.
  • Children who’ve outgrown their CSS should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt fit properly, typically when they reach a height of 4-foot-9 and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
  • All children under 13 years of age should be restrained in rear vehicle seats for optimal protection.

For more information on the Kansas Statutes, please use these links: