Did you know that car crashes are the biggest cause of death for children under the age of 13?
Make sure to follow state law, for the safety of your child!
Michigan Car Seat Law:
Section 257.710d of Michigan Vehicle Code says:
“A driver transporting a child as required under subsection (1) shall position the child in the child restraint system in a rear seat if the vehicle is equipped with a rear seat.”
Michigan Rear-facing/Forward-facing Car Seat Law
Michigan law does not differentiate between rear-facing and forward-facing car seats. Instead, it tells us to use a proper child restraint system for children under 4. According to professionals, children under 2 year of age should travel in a rear-facing car seat, and children, those are among 2 to 4 years of age should travel in a forward-facing seats.
Child Booster Seat Laws in Michigan
Children who are between 4 to 8 years of age and less than 4’9” tall, must travel in a booster seat. According to law, they must be in a “child restraint system”, which essentially translates to booster seats.
When Can My Child Sit in the Front Seat in Michigan?
It’s written in the Michigan law that your child can sit in the front seat if all the seats in the rear are occupied. it is absolutely necessary that the airbag is turned off when a child passenger is present in the front seat. (Source) Looking at the overall law tells us that your child can sit in the front seat after 4 years. However, this is not recommended by experts. It is recommended by NHTSA and many state departments around the US that your child seat in the front seat after 13 years of age.
Leaving Child in Car Law in Michigan
750.135a says that a child under that age of 6 can’t be left alone in a car, in a manner that will put his/her life in danger. You can read more about it here.
Is it Illegal to Smoke in a Car with a Child in Michigan?
There are currently no laws in Michigan that would make smoking in cars with child passengers a crime.
Taxi Car Seat Law in Michigan
Part 3 of Section 257.710d of Michigan Vehicle Code makes it clear that these laws do not apply to taxi drivers.
Michigan Law Car Seat - Replacement After Accident
Michigan law doesn’t provide any guidance regarding car seat replacement in case of an accident. But a general rule is always to replace your car seat after a major accident as they can get invisible cracks in their plastic bodies and they aren’t safe for further use.
Places to Get Car Seat Help in Michigan
Good Car Seat Videos for Michigander Parents
Child Passenger Safety - Booster Seats
Child Passenger Safety - Harness Fit
Tween Belt Safety
Child Passenger Safety - 5 Step Test
An easy guide to safe car seat installation and use
When a Child Can Move Out of a Booster Seat
Counterfeit Car Seats
Infant car seat installation
Resources for More Info on Michigan Car Seat Safety
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