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Child Car Seats

Which Car Seat is Right for your Child?

 

Choosing the correct child car seat is the best way to prevent serious injury to children in a collision. The following information will help you select the proper child car seat based on your child’s height, weight, and development.

 

 
Rear-Facing Infant Seats
 
  • Birth - 20 lbs (9 kg)

  • Provides the best fit for younger babies.

  • The baby is held securely by a shoulder harness (adjusted snuggly, with only one finger fitting between the harness and the baby's collarbone).

  • The chest clip should be positioned at the armpit level.

  • Should not be used in a passenger seat with an airbag.

 

Forward-Facing Toddler Seats 

 

  • 20- 40 lbs (9 - 18 kg)

  • The child should weigh at least 20 lbs AND can pull to stand independently to go in a forward-facing seat.  Any earlier and the child's neck and back muscles and bone structure are not strong enough to withstand crash forces.

  • The car seat must be anchored with a tether strap and must be securely attached to a bolt anchored to the rear shelf of a car or floor of a van, station wagon or hatchback.

 

Booster Seats

 

  • 40 lbs and more (18 kg +)

  • If the mid-point of the child's ears are over the back of the child restraint but the child does not yet weight 40 lbs, the child should be moved to a combination child seat/ booster seat.

  • The booster seat raises the child so that they'll fit an adult seat belt properly.

  • The child should use a booster seat until they're over the manufacturer's upper weight limit or height limit, or the mid-point of ears are above the top of the high back booster or vehicle seat.

 

For more information see the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario website: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/choose-car-seat.shtml 

 

 

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