which states that infants younger than one year old and under 20 pounds need to be in a rear-facing car seat in Minnesota. Not only can I
find the actual law, but I am getting conflicting information on .gov and .org websites. My research trail inside...
For those of us with young kids, it is "common knowledge" (always a dangerous assumption) that babies under one year old and 20 pounds need to be in a rear-facing car seat, by law
. It is recommended
that kids are rear-facing until they are two years old, yada yada.
So, since I don't like assumptions, I thought I would find the actual law which states the under one year/under 20 pounds law for Minnesota
But I can't find it. At all.
I started on this site
and this other site
, which both state the infant under one year/under 20 pounds law. They both cite §169.685, subdivision 5.
Okay, so §169.685
does not say anything at all about infants under one year/under 20 pounds. Not a single word. The only age mentioned is "under the age of eight and shorter than four feet nine inches." There is a statement that says that the restraint itself must meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.
So, then I went to this site
, which lists car seat laws by state. For Minnesota, infants/under 20 pounds is not mentioned, but the under 8 and 57" is mentioned, as in §169.685.
So, then I went to the Code of Federal Regulations, and I found §571.213
) which talks about the construction and testing of rear-facing car seats, but it doesn't state that a rear-facing car seat must be used for infants under one year and under 20 pounds.
I went to the site of laws for other states
, and other states
do clearly mention the under one year/20 pounds law, but not Minnesota.
I know that federal laws override state laws, but I can't find a federal law regarding under one year/20 pounds, either--just the CFR for car seat construction and testing standards.
So, am I crazy and having serious issues in my research skills, or am I not crazy after all and Minnesota actually doesn't
have a rear-facing under one year/20 pounds law? Or, did I stumble across a major exclusion/typo in the law and it needs to be corrected?
(P.S. This question clearly isn't about car seat safety itself--I understand the recommendations, and our baby will be in a rear-facing seat until he is at least two, etc, etc, so don't derail my question into this area, please.)