Legislation helps keep kids safe while traveling
The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox designed to reduce the number of child injuries in vehicle accidents by updating the guidelines for child booster seats and car seats.
Cox, of Livonia, said her bill will help protect Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. The legislation updates Michigan’s child passenger safety laws based on the most recent recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups dedicated to child safety.
“As technology advances and introduces better child car safety devices, the child safety standards also must be updated,” Cox said. “This legislation helps parents and law enforcement become better educated on updated recommendations to keep our children safe during travel.
“The current criteria is outdated, and suggests a type of child safety seat based solely on a child’s age,” Cox said. “New standards also take into account a child’s weight, a factor which has been proven to be of the utmost importance in selecting a car seat.”
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 full Senate for consideration.
The bill is House Bill 4951.