The Michigan House this week overwhelmingly approved legislation from Rep. Laura Cox to better protect children involved in traffic accidents.
Cox’s bill updates guidelines for child car seats and booster seats to help protect Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. The state’s child passenger safety laws will be based on the most recent suggested guidelines of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups dedicated to child safety.
“We absolutely must update our state law to reflect modern child restraint safety standards,” said Cox, of Livonia, chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “We want to give everyone – parents, motorists, the law enforcement community – access to the best practices for keeping our children safe on the road.”
The outdated guidelines recommend types of child safety seats based solely on a child’s age. New standards also factor in a child’s weight – which is of great significance in selecting a car seat, Cox said.
Changes to the current law include:
- Children under 2 or who weigh less than 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing seat;
- Children ages 2 to 5, or who weigh 30 pounds to 50 pounds, may be in a front-facing car safety seat;
- Children between ages 5 and 8, or who weigh 50 pounds or over or are 57 inches tall may use a booster seat.
- From age 8 and up, children must be restrained by a seat belt.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The bill is House Bill 4951.