Subscribe to our updates via email and never miss a post:

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Apr 14, 2016

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.

Want to find out everything you ever wanted to know about car seats and more?   Check out
http://thecarseatlady.com/

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger:

No comments :

Post a Comment