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Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety Education

Is your child riding safely? Car seats reduce the chance of injury and death by nearly 70 percent, but only if your child is in the appropriate seat, and the seat is properly installed. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Program is committed to educating families on ways to stay safe through the Meijer Birth to Booster Program, which focuses on:

  • Educating families on traveling safely with children, from newborn to 14 years old
  • Improving proper car seat and booster seat use
  • Providing families in need with reduced-cost car seats and booster seats

 Stage One: Birth to Approximately Two Years

  • Children younger than two are best protected riding in a rear-facing car seat. Most convertible seats accommodate rear-facing children up to 35-40 pounds.
  • When to turn baby forward-facing: Keep baby rear-facing up to the maximum limits of the infant car seat. Children who reach these limits before two years old should transition to a rear-facing convertible seat.

Stage Two: Approximately Two to Five Years

  • Most car seat harnesses can be used until a child reaches 40 pounds, but some seat harnesses have higher weight limits. Check the label on the seat.
  • When using a forward-facing convertible seat, be sure to: Use the forward-facing seat belt path; Switch the recline adjuster to the upright position; Use the tether when available.

Stage Three: Recommended Five Years and 50 Pounds, 4'9"

  • Booster seats help protect children by lifting them so the lap and shoulder seat belt connects with their strong bones.
  • Use the shoulder belt adjuster if the belt touches the child’s neck. It should cross the collarbone and not touch the neck or the shoulder.

Stage Four: Minimum 4'9"

Your child is ready for the lap and shoulder seat belt if you can answer “yes” to each of the following questions:

  1. Is your child 4'9"?
  2. Does the lap belt sit low across the upper thighs?
  3. Does the shoulder belt lie across the collarbone—not touching the neck and not off the shoulder?
  4. When the child’s bottom is scooted all the way back against the seat, do his or her knees bend at the edge of the seat?
  5. Can the child stay seated that way the entire trip?

Car Seat Safety Check Events

Schedule an appointment for one of our upcoming car seat safety checks to have one of our nationally-certified technicians make sure your child is riding safely.



November 8, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wyoming Fire Department
1500 Burton SW
Wyoming, MI 49509 (located near Burton and Burlingame)
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED—Call 616.391.7233

November 10, Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Byron Township Fire Department
2560 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED—Call 616.391.7233


November 16, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Plainfield Fire Department
4343 Plainfield Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (located at the corner of 5 Mile and Plainfield; enter from the service drive off 5 Mile)
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED—Call 616.391.7233

November 17, Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Grand Rapids Fire Department
2541 Kalamazoo
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 (located between 28th Street and Alger)
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED—Enter from the back of the station


November 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Byron Township Fire Department
2560 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED—Call 616.391.7233


December 8, Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Byron Township Fire Department
2560 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED—Call 616.391.7233


December 13, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wyoming Fire Department
1500 Burton SW
Wyoming, MI 49509 (located near Burton and Burlingame)
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED—Call 616.391.7233


December 14, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Kentwood Fire Department
4775 Walma
Kentwood, MI 49512
APPOINTMENT REQUIRED—Call 616.391.7233


December 22, Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Grand Rapids Fire Department
2541 Kalamazoo
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 (located between 28th Street and Alger)
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED—Enter from the back of the station