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Child Restraint Seat Information

 Question: What is the law regarding the age and or weight a child should be before they can ride in the front seat?

Answer: Michigan law requires:

  • Children under age 8 must ride in a properly installed car seat or booster seat, unless 4'9" tall.
  • Passengers age 8-15 must be buckled up at all times, in all seating positions.

Question: I have a 5-month-old that weighs 20 pounds, and has outgrown his infant car seat. Can he be placed in a convertible car seat facing forward?

Answer: It is VERY important that an infant stay rear-facing until at least age one and 20 pounds. The vertebrae in a child's neck are not completely developed until age one. Infants have large, heavy heads on a "weak" stem (neck). That is why infants face the rear of the vehicle - so that their entire body will take the force in a crash. If you turn them around to face forward too soon, their large heavy heads are thrown forward which presents a very high risk of a brain injury, broken neck, spinal cord damage, etc. Your infant should remain rear-facing in a convertible seat until at least age one. You should look for a convertible model that goes rear-facing to at least 30 pounds. Be sure to check the manufacturer's directions on the seat.

Q uestion: Where can I find a list of technicians that can make sure my child safety seat is properly installed?

Answer: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (website http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm) maintains the list of all certified child passenger safety technicians.

Question: How can I find a list of recalls for my car or child safety seat?

Answer: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (website http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/) maintains the list of all recalls. You can also register your child safety seat, so the manufacturer can automatically contact you if there is a recall for your child's seat. If your car is registered with the Michigan Secretary of State, and a part on your car is recalled, the car manufacturer will contact you through the Michigan Secretary of State's list of registered vehicles.

Restraint Use Requirements

Age

Restraint

0-3

All passengers shall be properly secured in an approved Child Restraint System in a rear seat.

4-7

& under 4’9”

All passengers shall be property secured in an approved child restraint system.

4-7 & 4’9” or over

All passengers shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt

8-15

All passengers shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.

10 and older

Driver and front seat passengers shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Marshall Police Officer Drew Groeneveld to go over the rules and regulations with you and/or to show you proper child seat restraint procedures, please e-mail Officer Groeneveld at agroeneveld@cityofmarshall.com to schedule this appointment.  If you have any other questions or concers regarding this, please don't hesitate to contact the office Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 269-781-2596.  The office is closed on holidays.



posted 07-09-2010 [Police Department]