According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of
children riding in car safety seats are not properly installed or do not
fit correctly. This raises a huge issue as car seats are to help protect
a child should the vehicle they are riding in ever be involved in a car
accident. However, if the seats are not properly installed or do not fit
correctly, the chances of a child being injured in an automobile accident
Our car accident lawyers at the law firm of Goodman Acker hear the heart
wrenching of our clients who have had families injured in a car accident
every day. We do everything within our power to ensure our clients get
the help they need and the justice they deserve. That is why we were so
thrilled to see that the Farmington Hills Michigan Fire Department is
offering car seat inspections for free.
Goodman Acker is always looking for ways to keep our community safe. We
wanted to share this information with you and urge parents to take advantage
of this offer.
On Sunday, March 13th at the Farmington Hills Fire Station No. 4, located at 28711 Drake Road,
will be doing free car seat inspections. The inspections are estimated
to take about a half an hour to complete and are being performed by nationally-certified
child safety seat technicians. The technicians will inspect all types
of child car seats for proper installation and possible product recall.
The event is open to the public and will be open from 8 a.m. to 12:00
p.m. by appointment only. You do not have to be a Farmington Hills resident
to participate. To make an appointment, community members are asked to
call Farmington Hills Fire Headquarters at (248) 871-2800.
Car seats in Michigan have always been a hot topic. This is because car
seat laws in Michigan are not specific as to when parents or adult drivers
need to use rear and forward facing child seats or booster seats. This
has been a huge concern for parents, often making them question whether
or not the car seat they are using is properly being used, and if their
child is being properly placed in the vehicle to maximize safety.
Michigan took some headway last year when the Senate updated the rules
with Senate Bill 1135, however the House of Representatives did not pass
the law. Senate Bill 1135 provided specific guidelines as to what car
seats should be used and how they should be positioned based on age and
weight of a child.
If you would like to learn more on the child passenger safety laws in Michigan
and what to do if your child is injured in a car accident, we recommend
you read our blog, “Do Michigan Car Seat Laws Protect A Child In A Car Accident?”
We also urge all parents to make an appointment for a car seat inspection.
Having your child properly placed and fit into a car seat can make a difference
between minimal injuries or serious injuries should they ever be involved
in a car accident.
For those who are unable to attend March 13th, it is recommend that you contact Fire Marshal Reggie Madeline of the
Farmington Hills Public Safety Department at (248) 474-5500 or contact
the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Novi Rehabilitation Center at
(248) 305-7530 to make an appointment for an inspection.