Michigan Car Seat Laws
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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