There is a huge variety of car seats for children, so how do you know which is best? Whether you get a chair made for a new-born baby or a child, or a booster seat, it is necessary to take into account the weight and the size of the child.
Transport Canada has established standards in order to ensure conformity among children's restraint systems. Each seat sold in Canada must have a label specifying that the manufacturer has conformed to these standards.
Always read the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer before using a restraint system for the first time.
The center of the back bench of the vehicle is generally considered to be the best place to install a car seat, as it offers maximum shock protection in the event of a collision.
For citizens wishing to have their child car seat checked, you can consult, free or for a small fee, a registered garage in the list of Réseau members. Police officers from our postes de quartier can also check your installation.
What are my responsibilities?
The Highway Safety Code obliges that any child measuring less than 63 cm must be correctly installed in a car seat. It is not their age, but their size in a seated position (from seat to top of head) that determines the need for a car seat.
In a taxi or police vehicle not equipped with an adapted restraint system, the child must wear the safety belt, except if they are small and must be held by an adult.
Any driver disregarding this important safety regulation is liable for a fine of $80 to $100 and three demerit points under the terms of article 401 of the Highway Safety Code.
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