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 increases.
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.
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