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Safe and Secure: Choosing the Right Car Seat For Your Child

Car crashes are the number one cause of death for Canadian children!

A properly installed car seat can reduce the risk of serious injury or death by as much as 71 per cent.

Car seat clinics show that as many as 80 per cent of car seats are installed improperly. Common errors include: not tightening the seatbelt and harness enough, and not properly using a tether strap when required.

Make sure your child is safe and secure, and is buckled up right. Children under 13 years of age are safest in the back seat away from all active air bags.

By law, drivers are responsible for ensuring passengers under 16 years of age are secured properly. Failing to do so may result in a $200 fine, plus two demerit points and a victim surcharge.

You should also know that the Ontario government’s recent legislation now makes it mandatory for anyone transporting children to make sure children are properly secured in either an infant car seat, child seat or booster seat. This applies to all caregivers, from babysitters to grandparents.

Additional Resources:

Transport Canada - Stages of Car Seats

Ministry of Transportation