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Car Seat Safety

Car seats save lives! Make sure you use your child's car seat or booster seat correctly before every trip.

Before installing a car seat, carefully read the car seat manufacturer’s instructions. This will give you the information you need to install the car seat properly. It is also important to read the car seat section of your vehicle owner’s manual to find out where car seats can be used and how to secure them in your vehicle.

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.

Motor vehicle crashes are a significant cause of death for Canadian children between the ages of one and nine. When used correctly, car seats and booster seats reduce the risk of death and serious injury.


Car Seats – The Right Way! (PDF 4.05MB)


Parachute - Choosing the right car seat English / Francais

Government of Canada - Child Car Seat Safety English / Francais

Caring for Kids – Car Seat Safety English / Francais

Ontario Ministry of Transportation – Choosing a child car seat English / Francais

Help and Support:

St John Ambulance Barrie-Simcoe-Muskoka: Car Seat Education 705-726-0991

St John Ambulance York Region: Car Seat Education 905-773-3394

Trained and certified volunteers educate and coach parents/guardians in the use of child restraint systems. Provides workshops and clinics in the community which allow parents to have their seats inspected and will assist with the correct installation if needed. If the seat is a forward facing one, have anchor bolt already installed. Call for appointment for car seat inspections, bring vehicle manual and child seat manual to appointment. No fee, donation accepted.

OPP Child Restraint / Car Seat Inspection Clinics:

Volunteers offer free public clinics designed for persons interested in having their installed child restraint inspected. The inspection process takes approximately one (1) hour per seat. Clinics are held at various dates, times, and locations with limited appointment space available.  Finalized dates will be posted at

Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada Technician:

Can locate a technician from their website: Simply use the map to zoom into your city / town and click on the red pin (in-person) or blue pin (virtual) to reveal contact details for a technician in your area. Service may require fee, lower fee or no fee - contact technicians to determine the level of service they provide and what fees, if any, they charge.
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