Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to children under age 14. Child safety seats can prevent injuries and save lives, when installed and used correctly. Young children restrained in child safety seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained. Effective July 1, 2008, Michigan law requires all children to ride in an appropriate child safety seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall.
Always refer to the owner’s manual of the child seat and to the vehicle owner’s manual for specific use of a child safety seat and installation instructions. Since these instructions are often not user-friendly, consulting a certified child passenger safety technician is highly recommended. A 'Car Seat Check' is an event where you can learn how to transport your children as safely as possible by individuals who have been trained and certified in child passenger safety.
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