Child seat safety provokes change in law

About 350 children, age four to seven, die in car accidents each year. Half of them are not in any type of restraint, provoking a change in Michigan law. Full Story
jaden roze

East Lansing, MI

#41 Jun 30, 2008
George wrote:
after 3 years of age, no seat belts. be PARENTS and teach your child(ren) how to sit and act in a vehicle. i dont wear a seat belt and refuse to lock my kids down for a car ride. if we boot the government out of our lives, our kids will survive like i have with out all this so called protection.
As a parent have to say are you nuts? I have to agree that it shouldn't be a law. I don't wear my seat belt my life my choice. Now my children the car don't move unless they are buckled. That is their life and they are too young to make that decision and you shouldn't make it for them. Let them decided when they are grown.

“Who Cares?”

Since: Jan 08

Muskegon

#42 Jun 30, 2008
jaden roze wrote:
<quoted text>As a parent have to say are you nuts? I have to agree that it shouldn't be a law. I don't wear my seat belt my life my choice. Now my children the car don't move unless they are buckled. That is their life and they are too young to make that decision and you shouldn't make it for them. Let them decided when they are grown.
You must be on something. Ever heard the saying you can't tell your kids..."Do as I say not as I do" You are a poor parent and setting a very poor example.

“Just be you. ”

Since: May 08

Muskegon,MI

#43 Jun 30, 2008
Why are you people complaining? Buckle your kids up and quit your whining! Why would you put them at risk for any reason? I don't care my kids age or height or weight... they WILL wear their belts...END OF STORY. We were in a bad car accident a few years ago and our seatbelts AND carseat saved our lives..plain and simple. So quit your b.itchin and buckle your kids up. They can't protect themselves, thats YOUR job, remember??

“Just be you. ”

Since: May 08

Muskegon,MI

#44 Jun 30, 2008
Angel1986 wrote:
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You must be on something. Ever heard the saying you can't tell your kids..."Do as I say not as I do" You are a poor parent and setting a very poor example.
Agreed.
jaden roze

East Lansing, MI

#45 Jun 30, 2008
Angel1986 wrote:
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You must be on something. Ever heard the saying you can't tell your kids..."Do as I say not as I do" You are a poor parent and setting a very poor example.
First off Im a damn good parent never had anyone say I wasn't but you but you don't know me. Second are you trying to tell me you do everything your suppose to do? Smoke, drink, speeding ticket, fight with someone, anything? Just because parents do things don't mean their children have to do the same. If you teach your children right from wrong they will know regardless of what others do. That's like saying because I have friends who use drugs means I have to which I have never done. People live their lives everyday without having to do everything others do. My children know they need to do what is right and not what others do.
sherwreen

Grand Rapids, MI

#46 Jun 30, 2008
Mary in Kazoo wrote:
There's not even seat belts on most school buses!!!!
there are no seat belts on school busses because it has been proven that the driver would not be able to unrestrain every one in time (at least the little ones that can't help themselves) and get them out of the bus. especially if, heaven forbid, the seatbelts jam and they need to be cut out. i had a cousin that was in a school bus accident a couple of years ago and this question was raised at a meeting about it. i'm not saying the new law is great, every one has made some really valid points. in fact, i was looking forward to having my oldest (7 years old) out of the darn thing. now i feel at this point because he is so small for his age, he won't be able to get out of the dang thing until he's 12!!!
sherwreen

Grand Rapids, MI

#47 Jun 30, 2008
baseball wrote:
Why are you people complaining? Buckle your kids up and quit your whining! Why would you put them at risk for any reason? I don't care my kids age or height or weight... they WILL wear their belts...END OF STORY. We were in a bad car accident a few years ago and our seatbelts AND carseat saved our lives..plain and simple. So quit your b.itchin and buckle your kids up. They can't protect themselves, thats YOUR job, remember??
thank you! thank you so much for saying it! although i don't completely agree with the law, why would you EVER want to risk your children's lives. i have 2 friends that were killed in car accidents because they weren't wearing their seat belts. in one case, she had unbuckled herslef just for a second to pick up her 5 month old's pacifire off the floor. she was ejected, but her son walked away with only scratches because he was properly restrained.
also

Muskegon, MI

#48 Jun 30, 2008
Mark wrote:
Nice to see some sane comments in this forum, since the other one on this topic was how wonderful our government was for saving all the children's lives. About made me sick.
For you that think this is such a great idea and will start doing it now that the gov't is requiring it, why in the world did you not do it before if it was such a great idea?
The safe kids council has been recommending this for years. I have been planning on doing it since I heard the recommendation, but my son is still a toddler. I do what I can to keep my son safe, regardless of it being a law or a recommendation.

“Just be you. ”

Since: May 08

Muskegon,MI

#49 Jun 30, 2008
jaden roze wrote:
<quoted text>First off Im a damn good parent never had anyone say I wasn't but you but you don't know me. Second are you trying to tell me you do everything your suppose to do? Smoke, drink, speeding ticket, fight with someone, anything? Just because parents do things don't mean their children have to do the same. If you teach your children right from wrong they will know regardless of what others do. That's like saying because I have friends who use drugs means I have to which I have never done. People live their lives everyday without having to do everything others do. My children know they need to do what is right and not what others do.
First off..you shouldn't have friends that use drugs... I'm just saying. Anyhow....by you not wearing a seatbelt (which by the way is breaking the law) in front of your children and yet telling them they need to wear theirs, you are setting a very poor example. I beleive that was the point of the other posters comment. You could be killed in a car accident, because you decide not to wear your seatblt ...what about your kids then?? Things to think about.
haha

Muskegon, MI

#50 Jul 1, 2008
George wrote:
after 3 years of age, no seat belts. be PARENTS and teach your child(ren) how to sit and act in a vehicle. i dont wear a seat belt and refuse to lock my kids down for a car ride. if we boot the government out of our lives, our kids will survive like i have with out all this so called protection.
Is that because you don't have seat belts in the bed of your old pick-up truck and your kids are forced to sit on coolers of PBR?

“Who Cares?”

Since: Jan 08

Muskegon

#51 Jul 1, 2008
baseball wrote:
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First off..you shouldn't have friends that use drugs... I'm just saying. Anyhow....by you not wearing a seatbelt (which by the way is breaking the law) in front of your children and yet telling them they need to wear theirs, you are setting a very poor example. I beleive that was the point of the other posters comment. You could be killed in a car accident, because you decide not to wear your seatblt ...what about your kids then?? Things to think about.
Thank you for that. No need for me to reply because you already said it. It does not make sense to tell your children one thing and do something totally different everyday. You teach your children by example. And a poor example makes for poorly raised children.
Real Mom

Macomb, MI

#52 Jul 1, 2008
QUOTE who="mama knows"]<quoted text>
Way off topic, but you make a good point

How could you say or think about something like that? Yes, screaming kids are annoying but that's no reason to abandon your kids and never bring them anywhere.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#53 Jul 1, 2008
Real Mom wrote:
QUOTE who="mama knows"]<quoted text>
Way off topic, but you make a good point
How could you say or think about something like that? Yes, screaming kids are annoying but that's no reason to abandon your kids and never bring them anywhere.
It's called a babysitter. No one likes to see people yelling at their kids in the grocery store or listen to screaming, obnoxious children in a restaurant when they are trying to have a nice dinner out. From the time they were about 18 months to about age 3, my kids didn't go to restaurants ( we didn't either really) because I don't want to be disrespectful to other. Silly me.

“Just be you. ”

Since: May 08

Muskegon,MI

#54 Jul 1, 2008
Angel1986 wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for that. No need for me to reply because you already said it. It does not make sense to tell your children one thing and do something totally different everyday. You teach your children by example. And a poor example makes for poorly raised children.
No prob. Seemed as though we were on the same page.... She reacted to you just as I knew she would!
asa

Greenville, MI

#55 Jul 2, 2008
baseball wrote:
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So when a car comes and broadsides you with no warning.......good luck to you with out your seatbelts. Why would you not do everything you could to protect your children...age three and no seatbelt?? I think they should still be in atleast a booster seat..... I'm just sayin'.
i agree a booster seat still at the age of 3 especially.. my 4 1/2 yr old is still in a booster seat

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Rockford, MI

#56 Jul 2, 2008
Hellfire wrote:
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The odds are you will survive. The things my father allowed us to do sends chills down my spine when thinking about my daughter.
BUT, unfortunately several hundred children since the 1970's perished in tragic accidents. Many more seriously injured.
Setting all statistics and emotions aside, if it saves one child from dying, the law was just.
We are born and we will"die". We cannot govern brains and common sense. Socialism is tearing down our door and it needs to stop. Remember, we fought the Revolution to get out from a government's hard fisted hand, power hungry greed and need. enough legislation, moratorium time. Time to balance the budget and not waste time on legislating common sense. It will not work.

“Just be you. ”

Since: May 08

Muskegon,MI

#57 Jul 2, 2008
kclh_thunk wrote:
<quoted text>
We are born and we will"die". We cannot govern brains and common sense. Socialism is tearing down our door and it needs to stop. Remember, we fought the Revolution to get out from a government's hard fisted hand, power hungry greed and need. enough legislation, moratorium time. Time to balance the budget and not waste time on legislating common sense. It will not work.
We are talkng about protecting our children here...get off of your 'fight the government' kick already. Zip your lip and just buy your booster seats. Get over whatever you have against the 'government' and be a parent and protect your kids. You people are ridiculous!
Areyoukiddingme

Portage, MI

#58 Jul 3, 2008
Debbie wrote:
Does anyone know the answer to this question? I have been trying to find out all day!! My son is 7 1/2 and 4 ft 5 in but weighs slightly over 100 pounds. All the booster seats we have tried only go to 100 pounds and he cannot fit in them. I looked online and can't find one that fits a child bigger than 100 pounds. Help!!
Sounds like your child needs to be on a diet. Thats great you want to keep him safe in a booster seat, but what about healthy living habits?
BusDriver

Portage, MI

#59 Jul 3, 2008
Well I drive a bus part time for a daycare...let me tell you I hate putting 3,4,5 year olds on that thing for a field trip. They bounce all over the bus! i"ve banned from the back...WAY too bouncy. I don't care the seat backs are higher, when they bounce on the floor they are not safe!
Debbie

Grand Rapids, MI

#60 Jul 3, 2008
Areyoukiddingme wrote:
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Sounds like your child needs to be on a diet. Thats great you want to keep him safe in a booster seat, but what about healthy living habits?
I just wanted an answer to my booster seat question not a judgement on my child's weight. What do you know about his eating habits? I'll have you know he eats very healthy and is just a big boy. If my pediatrician thinks he is just fine I think a doctor's opinion trumps your!

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