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Choose The Right Safety Seat For Your Child

For child car seats to cut the risk of injury and death they must be used correctly. Use this guide to choose the right seat for your child's age, weight and height.

Illustration of infant rear-facing seat

Infants

Rear-facing Seat

  • Required by law for children weighing less than 9 kg (20 lb.).
  • Best to use until at least one year old and a minimum of 10 kg (22 lb.). Follow manufacturer's recommendations for height/weight.
  • Harness slots at or below shoulders and seat is reclined to a 45 degree angle.



Illustration of toddler forward-facing seat

Toddlers

Forward-facing Seat

  • Required by law for children weighing between 9 and18 kg (20-40 lb.).
  • Best to use when child is at least one year old and a minimum of 10 kg (22 lb.). Follow manufacturer's recommendations for height/ weight.
  • Harness slots at or above shoulders.



Illustration of booster seat

Children

Booster Seat

  • Required by law for children under the age of 8, weighing between 18 kg and 36 kg (40 - 80 lb.) and less than 145 cm (4' 9") tall. Once a child exceeds any one of the above criteria they may be ready to use a seat belt alone.
  • The middle of the child's ear should not be above the back of the vehicle seat, headrest or booster seat.

Illustrations courtesy of Safe Kids Canada




For further information contact the Ministry of Transportation at 1 800 268-4686 (TTY: 1-866-471-8929).

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To find out about child car seat inspection clinics in your area, contact your local public health unit.


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