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Our very own attorney Brandon Hewitt gets a car seat inspection for new baby

July 24, 2014 by Steven M. Gursten

Michigan Auto Law’s safety inspector Jon teaches Brandon how to properly install a child safety seat

Recently, our Michigan Auto Law child safety seat inspector Jon O’Neill got to use his training and certification for an especially nice occasion. He got to help Brandon Hewitt install his child seat. And the timing was impeccable.  Brandon and his wife had a beautiful baby boy this week.

Brandon’s Graco SnugRide car seat now has a very special occupant.

Brandon took advantage of our law firm’s car seat safety program to learn how to install his own seat safely and according to Michigan law.

Jon is certified by SafeKids Worldwide, and has successfully completed the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. This is a government program and any child safety technician in the U.S. must be certified by SafeKids Worldwide.

Jon teaches the specific way to install an infant car seat, which is very different than safety seats made for older children.  It’s extremely important that the car seat is rear-facing to protect the infant.

Jon said it doesn’t matter what brand of car seat you have —  every single car seat on the market is tested to the same standards. So whether you have a $55 car seat or a $250 car seat, both are equally safe according to government testing.

A couple of other tips from the install:

  • In cars with deep seats, you might need to add a rolled up towel underneath the back of the seat to make sure it’s level.
  • Car seats expire after six years or so, so always check to make sure you have a valid seat.

Here are some photos from the install:

Michigan Auto Law car seat inspector Jon O’Neill begins installing the newborn’s seat.
Jon gives attorney Brandon Hewitt a few car seat installation tips.
Jon gives attorney Brandon Hewitt a few car seat installation tips.

Attorney Brandon Hewitt and Jon ONeill during car seat safety inspection

We wish Brandon, his wife, and baby Hewitt  the very best.

How you can get your car seat inspected at Michigan Auto Law

When: By appointment, just call us anytime between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Where: Michigan Auto Law, 30101 Northwestern Highway Farmington Hills, MI 48334.

Who: Anyone. We’re here to help and you can set up a free appointment with our own Michigan Auto Law certified car seat safety technician. You don’t have to be a client.

How to make an appointment: Call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 968-1001, or e-mail us at [email protected]

The service is free.

Related information:

What is Michigan’s car seat law?

“I feel so much better after Michigan Auto Law inspected my son’s car seat”

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