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Child car seat use high, but not always used right

Sep 25, 2012
It’s been 36 years since Ontario first brought in laws requiring the use of seatbelts and child car seats.

It’s been 36 years since Ontario first brought in laws requiring the use of seatbelts and child car seats. 

In the years since, it’s become second nature for most people to buckle up and make sure their children are in child restraints, but there are many parents unaware that they are using the wrong type of safety restraint for their child.

"Motor vehicle collisions remain the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children and youth”, says Mia Brown, a public health nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “We often find that parents will move their children to the next stage of child safety restraints too early. Many children are removed from their booster seats before they are ready for the adult seat belt system.” 

Because seat belts are designed for adults, they can actually do more harm than good for a child who is too small for a seat belt.  

The health unit works in partnership with fire, police and paramedics to hold car seat safety clinics across Simcoe and Muskoka. 

A list of clinics is posted on the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or by calling Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

For more information on the stages of child passenger restraints go to http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safedrivers-childsafety-car-index-873.htm or call 1-800-333-0371. 

 

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