Child Passenger Safety Law
INFANT REAR-FACING CAR SEATS
FROM BIRTH UNTIL AGE TWO
- Babies and Toddlers should ride in a rear facing car seat until the age of two (or weigh over 30 lbs).
- In the State of Michigan, all children under the age of four must ride in the back seat of the vehicle, providing a back seat exists.
- If the back seat of the vehicle is already occupied by children under the age of four, then the child may ride in the front seat of the vehicle.
- Children may only ride in a rear facing car seat in the front of the vehicle if the airbag is turned off.
- A rear facing car seat should be secured so that the child's head lies back on the car seat without falling forward.
Forward Facing Car Seats
from ages two to four
- Children between the ages of two and four (or between 30-50 lbs) should ride in a forward facing car seat.
- Children under the age of four must ride in the back seat of the vehicle if a back seat exists.
- 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.
Until Age eight or 4'9" tall
- Children must be properly secured in a car seat or a booster seat until they are eight years of age or reach the height of four feet, nine inches tall.
Michigan Seat Belt Law
- All passengers from age eight to fifteen must wear seat belts, regardless of their position in the vehicle.
- Drivers and front seat passengers of all ages must wear seat belts.
ALL car seats must be buckled in tightly with no more than one inch of side to side or front to back movement.
Always refer to the car seat manufacturer's instructions for installation and for height and weight limitations.