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Car Seat Safety

Car seats save lives!

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death by injury for Canadian children between the ages of one and nine.
  • When used correctly, child seats reduce the risk of death and serious injury by close to 70%.
  • For older/bigger children using a booster seat instead of just a seat belt alone reduces the risk of injury by up to 60%.

Here are some tips to help you keep your children safe every time they ride.Car seat buckling

  1. Learn about the different car seat stages and when it is safest to move a child to the next stage. For example, it is safest to keep a baby rear-facing until about two years of age or until the child outgrows their rear-facing seat.
  2. Learn about the different car seat types and what to look for when buying a new or used car seat. If possible, check to see that the seat fits well in your car before buying.
  3. Figure out how your car seat works. Before installing a car seat, carefully read car seat instructions, this will give you the information you need to install the seat properly. It is also important to read the car seat section of your vehicle owner’s manual to find out where child seats can be used and how to secure them in your vehicle.

And remember, Children often fall asleep in their car seats while travelling but car seats are made for traveling in vehicles only and should never be used in place of a crib. For more information on this safety issue, click here: Car seat considerations (see Sleeping in Car Seats).

Need more information?

Please visit our additional Car Seat Safety pages and check out the links page for installation videos and more.

Or check out Safe Travel for Kids at Every Stage and feel free to print or share this resource electronically.

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