New Bill Proposed to Affect Car Seat Usage in Michigan


Disclosure:  If you have any questions about your child and their car seat please consult with a Licensed Car Seat Technician, you can find one here: http://cert.safekids.org/ 

UPDATE 4/14/2016 
New Bills or Resolutions:

  • HB 5559 of 2016
    Vehicles;
    equipment; child restraint safety seats; require positioning of car
    seats to depend on weight of child. Amends sec. 710d of 1949 PA 300 (MCL
    257.710d) & repeals sec. 710e of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.710e).
    Last Action: 4/14/2016 bill electronically reproduced 04/13/2016

On April 13, 2016, Rep. Laura Cox {LauraCox@house.mi.gov} introduced the HB 5559 and referred it to the Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors. The major changes to the current law are below: 

IN ADDITION, A CHILD SHALL
BE SEATED AND POSITIONED AS FOLLOWS:
     (A) IF THE CHILD WEIGHS NOT MORE THAN 30 POUNDS OR IS LESS
THAN 2 YEARS OF AGE, IN A REAR-FACING CHILD SEAT.
     (B) IF THE CHILD WEIGHS NOT LESS THAN 30 POUNDS BUT LESS THAN
50 POUNDS, OR IS 2 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER BUT LESS THAN 5 YEARS OF
AGE, IN A FORWARD-FACING CHILD SEAT.
     (C) IF THE CHILD IS NOT MORE THAN 57 INCHES TALL AND WEIGHS 50
POUNDS OR MORE, OR IS 5 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER BUT LESS THAN 10
YEARS OF AGE, IN A BOOSTER SEAT.
The new proposed Michigan law is intended to bring the state standards up to those recommended by the Academy of Pediatricians which are shown below.

America Academy of Pediatricians recommendations

According to the American Academy of Pediatricians children should remain in rear-facing safety seats until the child is at least age two. Forward facing seats should be used at least until the child reaches age five.  Finally a child should use a booster at least until they reach age ten or a height  of  4 feet 9 inches.

A word about choosing the right car seat: it isn’t a race to the top… really it isn’t.  Children in rear facing car seats are 5 times safer than forward facing.  The goal is to keep children rear facing as long as possible.  While the new law states children should move up to a forward facing seat at 30 pounds or 2 years, this section provides for parents to choose the best seat for their child:
“IT IS THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE THAT THE ENFORCEMENT OF THIS SECTION BE CONDUCTED IN A MANNER CALCULATED TO SAVE LIVES AND NOT IN A MANNER THAT RESULTS IN THE HARASSMENT OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS STATE.”
I am really disappointed with the wording of the proposed law.

Forward facing five point harness seats are safer than boosters, and boosters are safer than seat belts.  So there is no rush to move your child up to the next stage.  Check your car seats manual to see what the limits are on each position (if applicable) and follow their instructions.  Some car seats rear face up to 50 pounds, forward facing up to 65 pounds and booster up to 100 pounds.  Weight is not the only consideration, make sure your child does not exceed the height limits as well.

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Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (22), Rosaleigh (8), Carlyn (5), Naomi (2) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. She enjoys reading, crafting, photography & singing, although with four children, a house to clean and two websites, she rarely finds time to engage in her hobbies. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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