A call for child passenger safety

September 23, 2013 | The Detroit News

Dr. Michelle Macy, a 2013 CHRT Policy Fellow, wrote an opinion piece in the Detroit News which argues that Michigan’s Child Passenger Safety Law has not kept pace with recent research and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Macy states that we should require rear-facing car seat use beyond 1 year —and booster seat use until the until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, which is usually is when a child is, on average, 11 years old. She urges the legislature to consider updating the law, noting that child safety should be a bi-partisan issue.