You have the kiddos strapped in, but are they really safe in the event of a car accident or even a fender bender? There are a lot of considerations and guidelines when it comes to safety and car seats, and luckily, in Gallatin County there are also a number of resources to help you figure it all out. Here is some basic information:
Montana Car Seat Laws
Small Children: Children under 6 years and under 60 pounds must be properly buckled up in a child restraint (child safety seat, booster, harness or car bed) that meets federal standards. For information on choosing the correct child safety seat for your child please click on the link below:
Car Seat Recommendations: Choosing the Right Seat
Older Children, Adults: All other occupants must be properly buckled up in a safety belt. Safety belts in all seating positions must be in good working condition.
These laws are applicable to all motor vehicles except motorcycles. Driver is cited.
–From the Greater Gallatin Safety Coalition
Child Safety Seat Clinics & Fitting Stations
The Gallatin Safety Coalition has three fitting stations in Gallatin and Park County. To set up an appointment, call a Child Passenger Safety Technician listed below.
Clinics are offered on the 1st Monday of each month at Bozeman Fire Station 1 at 34 North Rouse from 12 am to 2 pm. Call 582-2350 for more information.
Clinics are offered the 3rd Friday of each month at Livingston Fire Rescue at 414 East Callendar from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Jessi at 223-1991 for more information.
Child Passenger Safety Technicians
Jessi Malcolm, Child Care Connections in Bozeman and Livingston Fire & Rescue: 406-587-7786 or 406-223-1991
Bozeman Fire Department 582-2350
Jason Wheeler, Central Valley Fire in Belgrade: 406-388-4480
Tips & Resources
Rear facing car seat or front facing? Booster or just a seat belt?
Here are some Car Seat Recommendations for Choosing the Right Car Seat.
Check out this link to the Great Gallatin Safety Coalition, along with Car Seat Regulations for Gallatin County.