Every parent wants to ensure their child is protected to the fullest extent when it comes to riding in the car. Car seats are not always convenient, but they do serve a very useful purpose. Car seat laws are in place to keep children safe. They also keep parents informed of the safest ways to transport young children in automobiles. Recently, car seat laws have been revised to help keep small children as safe as possible.
New LATCH System Rules
It has been determined the LATCH system, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, has a weight limit of 65 lbs. The weight limit now includes the weight of the car seat. Car seats can vary quite a bit in weight often ranging from 15 lbs up to 33 lbs. It is important to know the weight of both your car seat and your child. If car manufacturer’s are concerned with the LATCH system holding up in an accident with weight over 65 lbs, you should be too. Once the combination of weight of 65 lbs has been exceeded, switch over to using a seat belt to hold the child and the car seat securely.
Other Car Seat Laws and Recommendations
- Use a rear facing car seat until the age of 2
- Children under 4 ride in the back seat in a car seat
- Use a car seat or booster seat until child is 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall, whichever comes first
Anytime you have concerns about your child seat being installed properly, be sure to get a free inspection at a Child Car Seat Inspection Station. Michigan has close to 250 available Child Car Seat Stations throughout the state. Follow the car seat laws in order to keep your child safe as possible. Image: kdshutterman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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