Steps to safe transportation for children:
Infants are safest riding rear-facing as long as possible, AT LEAST until they are over 1 year AND over 20lbs. If they outgrow the weight/height limit of their infant-carrier BEFORE their 1st birthday, they should be moved to a convertible seat and continue to ride rear-facing until they reach the maximum weight/height allowed by the manufacturer which could be until 2 years old.
When they have outgrown their rear-facing car seat AND are over 1 year old, they should use a forward-facing car seat. Toddlers are safest staying in a harness seat until they are AT LEAST 40 lbs. AND approximately 4 years old.
Children over 4 years old, between 40-80 lbs. and under 4'9" tall, need a booster seat to lift them up to make the seat belt fit correctly. Booster seats must ALWAYS be used with a lap AND shoulder belt.
A child can ride in a vehicle lap/shoulder seat belt when he/she can do ALL of the following:
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury to children under age 14. Child safety seats can prevent injuries and save lives, when installed and used correctly. Young children restrained in child safety seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained. Effective July 1, 2008, Michigan law requires all children to ride in an appropriate child safety seat until they are 8 years old or 4'9" tall.
Always refer to the owner's manual of the child seat and to the vehicle owner's manual for specific use of a child safety seat and installation instructions. Since these instructions are often not user-friendly, consulting a certified child passenger safety technician is highly recommended.
A "Car Seat Check" is an event where you can learn how to transport your children as safely as possible by individuals who have been trained and certified in child passenger safety.
To locate a Car Seat Check near you call: Kohl's Injury Prevention Program: 313-745-0072.