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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 the officer. Be sure to have the car seat manual and vehicle manual with you. 
  • Please fill out the waiver form and bring it with you to your appointment. Click here for link to waiver form.

    To schedule an appointment, contact:
  • Officer Mark Benedettini; his email address is mbenedettini@shelbytwp.org
  • Officer Scott Phelps; his email address is sphelps@shelbytwp.org