Michigan’s car seat laws state that kids under 8 years old OR under 4′-9″ (57″) tall must ride in a car seat or booster seat. Kids under 4 years old need to sit in a car seat in the back seat.
Safety experts recommend keeping your child in his or her car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height allowed by the manufacturer.
All kids under 16 must buckle up. All front seat passengers must buckle up, too, regardless of age. The seat belt law in Michigan is a primary law, which means police can pull over a vehicle if seat belts are not being used.
Check out the links below (especially Parents Central) for more details on Michigan law and safety recommendations to keep kids safe.
State Resources for Michigan Car Seat Laws and Booster Seat Laws
Michigan State Police – Child Restraint page. This page includes a video of common car seat fit mistakes. It also has a car seat check events calendar and car seat fitting station locator.
Office of Highway Safety Planning – This a great PDF resource explaining the 4 stages of car seat and booster seat use. It also includes the Michigan car seat laws and a description of common car seat use mistakes.
Michigan State Police – Child passenger safety page. This page includes a description of the Michigan law, a video, and links to other resources.
Michigan Secretary of State – Public Act 43 – Child Restraint Law. This web page explains the 2008 Michigan booster seat law and fine for infraction.
Governors Highway Safety Association – Michigan page
National Resources for Michigan Child Passenger Safety
nhtsa.gov – U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website
safercar.gov – Also known as Parents Central, this is the child safety section of the safercar.gov website, published through the NHTSA. This is an awesome info packed site, so if you have general questions, definitely stop here.
iihs.org – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, child safety page
safekids.org – A global organization all about keeping kids safe, especially from preventable injuries or fatalities. Their site includes tips on car seat choice and car seat inspection events, among other things.