Michigan's booster seat law changing 6.25

Posted in 2008 June

Are there plenty of car boosters seats around the house?

Starting July 1, parents of young children might need more of them than they think.

The new Michigan law requires all children under the age of 8 or any child less than 4-feet-9 to use a booster seat in a vehicle.

The reason is obvious, said Morenci police chief Larry Weeks. It’s common to see children seated in a car with the shoulder strap of the seat belt placed in back of their head. Otherwise, the strap would come right across the face.

Using a booster seat will lift the child high enough so that the shoulder strap can be used correctly.

According to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, either a proper-fitting child safety seat or a booster seat that is installed correctly will meet the requirements of the new law. Both the lap belt and shoulder belt must be used to reduce the risk of injury.

A no-back booster seat is recommended for vehicle seats that have a head-rest. A high-back booster should be used for vehicle seats without a head rest.

All booster seats are safest when used in the back seat.

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