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Air Bag & Safety Belts

Always slide the seat back – and sit back!

Buckle everyone!

Children in back!

Air bags and seat belts save lives.

    • They are designed to work together.
    • Children riding in the front seat can be seriously injured or killed when an air bag comes out in a crash.
    • Everyone should be buckled and children should be properly restrained in the back seat.
    • Crashes are violent and fast. So to protect you, an air bag comes out of the dashboard in the blink of an eye with force. Remember, the most important safety step in any vehicle is to buckle your seat belt – on every ride.
    • It can hurt those who are too close to it, particularly those unbelted.

Safety Points:

    • Children 12 and under should ride properly restrained in a rear seat.
    • Infants should NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag.
    • Small children should ride in a rear seat in child safety seats approved for their age and size.
    • Check your vehicle owner’s manual and the instructions provided with your child safety seat for correct use information.
    • Everyone should buckle both lap AND shoulder belts where available.

Michigan’s Safety Belt & Child Restraint Law

Age 0 – 3         Properly secured in an approved child restraint system in a rear seat if available

Age 4 – 7         (& Under 4’9″ tall) Properly secured in an approved child restraint system/booster seat

Age 4 – 7         (& Over 4’9″ tall) Properly adjusted and fastened safety belt

Age 8 – 15       Properly adjusted and fastened safety belt

Age 16 +         Driver and front seat passengers shall wear properly adjusted and fastened safety belt