Infant and child car seats save lives. By law, children must be buckled up in a car seat that is made for their weight, height, and age. Check your provincial laws and visit Transport Canada's Child Safety website at www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safedrivers-childsafety-index-53.htm for more information.
A child who is not in a car seat can be seriously injured or killed during a crash or an abrupt stop, even at low speeds. A parent's arms are not strong enough to hold and protect a baby during a car crash. Many unrestrained children die because they are torn from an adult's arms during a crash.
Set a good example for your children by always wearing your own seat belt, and always insist that they buckle up.
Buy a car seat appropriate for your child's current weight, height, and age:1
Don't buy a used car seat. If a car seat has been recalled or has been in a car crash or misused, it may not fully protect your baby.
Check your provincial laws for when your child can move to a seat belt.
The safest position for your baby or child is in the back, middle seat of the car.
For maximum safety, follow the manufacturer's recommendations for car seat use, which should include weight guidelines, installation procedures, and how to position and secure your child. Cars manufactured since September 2002 are equipped with a standardized car safety seat attachment system. This feature allows parents to secure the car seat onto a permanently installed hook.
Do not let your child get out of his or her seat while the car is moving. If your child needs attention, stop the car, take the child out of the seat, take care of his or her needs, and put him or her back into the seat before the car starts moving again. If your child is fussy again soon after, stop and check your child again.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||March 8, 2013|
Last Revised: March 8, 2013
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