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Macomb County

Child Passenger Safety Program

Protect our most precious cargo!

Did you know that injuries from motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children? (CDC 2006)    Most of the injuries could be prevented by using age and size appropriate car seats.  Using age and size appropriate car seats can reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers (ages 1 to 4).  When a child grows out of a traditional "harness" car seat, using a booster seat (approximate ages 4 to 7) can reduce the risk of injury by 59% compared to using a seatbelt alone (NHTSA 2006).

Unfortunately, 8 out of 10 car seats are used incorrectly.   Some common mistakes associated with car seat use are:

  • Not securing the car seat tightly to the vehicle (it should move less than one inch)
  • Not securing the child in the car seat correctly (harnesses should be snug to the child)
  • Not using a booster seat when a child out grows his/her car seat

The Macomb County Health Department offers free car seat inspections year-round. Inspections are done on an appointment basis only, Monday through Friday. There are four Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff to answer your questions or inspect your car seats. To schedule an appointment or for more information on child passenger safety, please call (586) 412-3394 or email us now.

Inspection Station Location

Southeast Health Center

25401 Harper Avenue
St. Clair Shores, 48081
Monday - Friday
By appointment only


Occasionally, parents can find the answers to their car seat questions in one or more of the fact sheets listed below.  If you are still in need of additional information about a car seat or to have your car seat inspected, do not hesitate to contact one of our technicians.


Free and printable; basic need-to-know information on all stages of car seats and the different methods used to install car seats.

Choosing an Appropriate Car Seat

LATCH, Tethers and Seatbelts 

Rear-facing Car Seats

Forward-facing Car Seats

Booster Seats