Child Car Seat Safety

Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for children. Countless studies have found that a substantial majority of children’s car seats are installed improperly, which increases the risk of serious injury or worse for the child. A properly installed seat and following the guidelines of Transport Canada and the car seat manufacturer will significantly reduce the risk of injury or death in the event of a collision.

Having your child’s car seat professionally installed/inspected is one step in protecting them. Also, it is very important to know what child restraint/position you should be using for your child.

Things to know:

· NEVER use a car seat that does not have the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards sticker on it. Car seat safety standards in Canada are very high; using a car seat from another country increases the risk of injury.

· If you have been in an accident, even a minor “fender bender” you must replace your car seat. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of replacement.

· DO NOT transfer your child to a forward facing position until the child is at least one year old and 22lbs.

· A child should remain in a 5 point harness until the child is at least 4 years old, 40 lbs and 40 inches tall. Moving your child to a booster seat to soon is a serious risk for injury and safety.

If you are unsure about the installation of your child’s car seat please attend a car seat clinic, these sessions are held across Ontario by a variety of organizations. Please follow the Transport Canada link below for a car seat clinic in your area.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safedrivers-childsafety-seat-clinics-1058.htm

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