Michigan Car Seat Laws

Michigan Car Seat Laws

Rear Facing Car SeatInfant Rear Facing Car Seats – From Birth Until Age Two (2)

  • Babies and Toddlers should ride in a rear facing car seat until the age of two (2)
  • In the State of Michigan all children under the age of four (4) must ride in the back seat of the vehicle providing a back seat exists.
  • If the back seat of the vehicle is already occupied by children under the age of four (4) then the child may ride in the front seat of the vehicle.
  • Children may only ride in a rear facing car seat in the front of the vehicle if the airbag is turned off.

Forward Facing Car SeatForward Facing Car Seats – From Ages Two (2) to Four (4)

  • Children between the ages of two (2) and four (4) should ride in a forward facing car seat.
  • Children under the age of four (4) must ride in the back seat of the vehicle if a back seat exists.

Booster SeatBooster Seats – Until Age Eight (8) or Four (4) Feet, Nine (9) Inches Tall

  • Children must be properly secured in a car seat or a booster seat until they are eight (8) years of age or reach the height of four (4) feet, nine (9) inches tall.

Other Child Car Seat Safety Recommendations

  • Car seats must be buckled in tightly with no more than one (1) inch of side to side or front to back movement.
  • A rear facing car seat should be secured so that the child’s head lies back on the car seat without falling forward.
  • Always refer to the car seat manufacturer’s instructions for installation and for height and weight limitations.

Seat BeltsMichigan Seat Belt Law

    • Passengers from birth until age eight (8) are covered above.
    • All passengers from age eight (8) to fifteen (15) must wear seat belts regardless of their position in the vehicle.

  • Drivers and front seat passengers must wear seat belts.

Exceptions to the Michigan Seat Belt Law

  • Buses, Motorcycles and Mopeds
  • Vehicles manufactured before January 1st, 1965
  • A passenger with written proof from a physician for medical reasons
  • United States Postal Service or Rural Carriers while serving route.

Source Links for this Page

Michigan Infant Car Seat Flyer

Michigan Forward Facing Car Seat Flyer

Michigan Booster Seat Flyer

Michigan Seat Belt Law