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Booster Seat Law - Effective July 1, 2008

Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, signed into law a piece of legislation requiring operators of a vehicle to use car safety seats for children who are below the age of 8 and under 4’9”. Michigan became the 39th state to pass a booster seat law. Follow the links below to become educated about the new law.

Follow the legislative process as this bill was introduced until it was signed into law by Governor Granholm. See the revisions made to it as it traveled through the house and the senate. Click here to see the final revision as it appears within the Michigan Compiled Laws.

See how your senator or representative voted on the issue.

Brief article stating that Jennifer Granholm signed the booster seat law which requires children that are under age 8 and shorter and 4’9” to be fastened into a booster seat.

Not all states have passed the booster seat law, but it is a federal initiative. This link will provide information from the Department of Transportation on their 2002 National Strategy for booster seat usage.

If traveling to another state, you will need to know if the booster seat law applies in that state. This website alerts consumers to the specifics of the booster seat law as it is applied in other states.

Safe Kids Michigan is dedicated to preventing accidental childhood injury in Michigan and currently consists of the Michigan State Coalition, and 23 local coalitions/chapters. This website provides information about the new law as well as tips for using car seats, booster seats, and safety belts. The site also provides access to car seat fitting stations, car seat checks, and many other links related to child safety issues such as bicycle helmets and playground safety tips.

This parent’s guide put out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration answers the questions: When should a consumer use a booster seat? What types of booster seats can be used? What are the safety tips for using a booster seat? Why use a booster seat?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides ease of use ratings for consumers choosing child safety seats.

Find out if the seat you currently own has had a manufacturer’s recall. You can also file a child restraint complaint, register your child restraint, or sign up to be notified by email in case of future recalls.

Public blog so you can voice your opinion about the new law.


Child Safety Reads and other Materials

Adult Reads:

From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide
Drago, Dorothy A.
Keeping your child safe from injury: an introduction -- Good night, sleep tight: sleep safety -- Splish splash: bathing and dressing -- Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater: food safety -- It's playtime! toys, games, and playgrounds -- Are we there yet? traveling near and far -- Upstairs, downstairs, and all around the house -- Safety, room by room.

Guide to Implementing Child Passenger Safety Inspection Stations
Put out by the U.S. Government, this document deals with child restraint systems in vehicles, vehicle safety, and preventing children’s accidents.

Johnson’s Baby & Child Safety
Holland, Katy
A practical guide for parents; covers safe sleeping, car & road safety, hygiene, safe play, child proofing, toys & games, backyard hazards, allergies

Keep Kids Safe: A Parent’s Guide to Child Safety
Prevention of children’s accidents, home accidents, and education about child safety.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Child Safety
Settle, Miriam Bachar
Not only is there a chapter that addresses the car child restraints, but this book is full of information about creating safe spaces within the house, the playground, and other areas your child may occupy. It also has advice on buying a variety of equipment for your child.

Juvenile Fun:

Officer Buckle and Gloria [Kit]
Rathmann, Peggy
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle's safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.

Barney Safety [videorecording]
Barney educates children on such safety issues as crossing the street, seat belts, traffic lights, bathing, and more.

Staying Safe in the Car
Mattern, Joanne
Safety is an important part of the early elementary curriculum. Safety First helps beginning readers learn and understand safety rules for school, home, travel, and play. Simple text helps build reading skills while giving children the tools they need to avoid and react to danger.


 


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