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Child Car Seat Safety
- Every 34 seconds, a child under age 13 is involved in a crash (NHTSA).
- Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children (NHTSA).
- Michigan law requires all children from birth to age 8 be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat until they are over 4'9" tall.
- Properly installed car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers.
- Most parents are confident that they have installed their child's car seat correctly, but 2014 NHTSA data shows that 59% of seats are not installed properly.
- Parents, guardian, and caregivers can visit www.safercar.gov/parents to learn tips on car seat safety, sign up for car seat recall notifications, and find an inspection station in their area.
The Shelby Township Police Department now has two Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff to answer questions, install or inspect car seats. Both are certified through the State of Michigan. Inspections/installations are offered year-round, by appointment only. The appointments take approximately 25 minutes and can be scheduled by contacting one of the officers. If you only want a safety inspection, you may have the child with you. Do not bring the child if the car seat needs to be installed. Be sure to have on hand the car seat manual, as well as the vehicle manual.
To schedule an appointment, contact one of the officers. Officer Mark Benedettini works days (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.); his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Officer Joseph Wojcik works afternoons (3 p.m. to 3 a.m.); his email address is email@example.com.