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Child Passenger Safety Week

September 19 – 25

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHRSA) car crashes are a leading cause of death for children. In 2019, an estimated 137,000 children riding in passenger vehicles were injured and 38% of children who died while riding in passenger vehicles were unrestrained.

Car seats work best when used correctly. To protect your loved ones make sure you are using the right seat. Click the link to see what style seat is needed depending on the size and weight of your child: https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/right-seat?_ga=2.195846764.1968421834.1632144350-1242716117.1631187405

Michigan Child Passenger Safety Law requires:

Children younger than age 4 to ride in a car seat in the rear seat if the vehicle has a rear seat. If all available rear seats are occupied by children under 4, then a child under 4 may ride in a car seat in the front seat. A child in a rear-facing car seat may only ride in the front seat if the airbag is turned off.

Children must be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4-feet-9-inches tall. Children must ride in a seat until they reach the age requirement or the height requirement, whichever comes first.