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Safe Transport of Children

In order to keep children safe in vehicles, parents and other caregivers need to stay up-to-date on the latest information for car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Every year in Canada, about 10,000 children (from infants to 12-year-olds) are hurt or killed on the roads. (Transport Canada – Keep Kids Safe 

The best way to prevent this is to make sure children are always buckled up properly while in the car, even for short trips. And remember, the back seat is always the safest place for your children.

Guidelines for keeping children safe in a vehicle: 

  1. Learn about the four stages of child safety in vehicles. 
  2. Choose the stage that is right for your child. 
  3. Correctly install a child seat in the car. 
  4. Safely buckle up your child in a child seat or with a seat belt.

Stage 1: Rear-facing seats are placed at a 45-degree angle so that your baby’s head is supported. This makes it easier for the baby to breathe. A snug harness will keep your baby safe in a sudden stop or crash. Keep your child in the rear-facing seat for as long as he or she is still in the weight/height range of the seat itself.

Stage 2: Forward-facing seats have harness straps that are narrower than a vehicle seat belt and fit children's small shoulders.

As long your child is still in the weight/height range of the seat itself, you can still safely use the child seat.

Stage 3: Booster seats are designed to allow children to use seat belts when they no longer need forward-facing seats. The booster seat positions a child properly so that the seat belt is correctly located on the lap and shoulder.

Stage 4: Seat belts are used when children are tall enough to use a seat belt that is properly positioned over their lap and shoulder without needing a booster seat.

The Transport Canada Keep Kids Safe website contains all the information you need to choose the proper seat for your child.  

All child car seats are different, so read the label on the child seat carefully to make sure your child fits the weight and height range – BEFORE YOU BUY IT.

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Updated Oct 9, 2015