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Kansas Day Care Centers – Child Care Centers: What are the Requirements for Restraints and Seat Belts on Transportation Vehicles – Buses – Vans?

By Joni J. Franklin, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Child care centers and day care centers in Kansas are regulated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment through various laws, rules, and regulations. Pursuant to General Regulations – K.A.R. 28-4-130 – Transportation (Pages 32-33), a child care center, that provides transportation, must provide safety restraints / seat belts for children as follows:

*each child care center vehicle shall be equipped with an restraint per each child;

*an infant, who is unable to sit up without support, shall be placed in an infant car seat or carrier that faces backward;

*a child, who is able to sit up with support, shall be provided with one of the following safety restraints or devices:

-shield type device;

-a car seat facing the front designed to hold a child weighing up to 40 pounds;

-a safety harness.

*a child, who is 4 years old or older OR who weighs 40 pounds or more shall have a lap belt. Shoulder straps should also be provided if the shoulder straps do not cross the child’s neck or face.

Buses, according to Kansas regulations, shall not be required to be equipped with individual restraints if the bus transports only school age children.

If a child has been injured in a child care center vehicle accident, result of negligence, a child injury lawyer can answer many questions that arise when dealing with these matters.