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Booster Seat...
Give them time to grow!

Did you know?

  • booster seats can reduce childhood injuries by up to 60%, compared to just a seatbelt
  • booster seats work by raising your child up so that the seatbelt fits right
  • at least 80% of the booster seat must be supported by the vehicle seat
  • the vehicle lap and shoulder belt must always be used with a booster seat
  • it is important to buckle up an empty booster seat, this stops it from flying and hitting people in the vehicle if there is a sudden stop or crash

Checklist

Use this simple two-sided checklist to help you with installation, harnessing and travelling questions (printable)

Booster Seat
Booster Seat Checklist (PDF)

Installation and Harnessing

Buying and Using a Booster Seat

Moving to a Seatbelt

Safe Travel

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Buying and using a booster seat

Low back or high back
  • involve your child in the purchase of the booster seat; they’ll be happier using it
  • explain to your child that they are never to travel in a vehicle without a booster seat

 Low back or high back

A low back booster does not have upper body support.

  • A low back booster can only be used if the middle of your child’s ears are lower than the top of the vehicle seat or head rest/restraint.

This is important because the back of your child’s head must be supported to help prevent a neck injury in the case of a crash or sudden stop

A high back booster has upper body support.

  • The middle of your child’s ears must be lower than the top of the back of the booster seat.

This is important because the back of your child’s head must be supported to help prevent a neck injury in the case of a crash or sudden stop

  • A high back booster can be useful for taller children

Moving to a seatbelt... "Give them time to grow"

  • Pamphlet

    Booster Seat Pamphlet
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    Ontario's Highway Traffic Act requires children to use a booster seat until they are:
    • 4 feet 9 inches (145 cm) tall, or
    • 80 pounds (36 kg), or
    • 8 years old.

This is a minimum requirement.

  • Best practice is to keep your child in a booster seat until they reach 4’9”, and weigh at least 80 lbs, usually between 8 and 12 years old.
  • It is best to keep your child in a booster seat until they reach the manufacturer’s height or weight limits.
  • Some booster seats are made for children that weigh up to 45 kg (100 lb.).

(Adapted from the Ministry of Transportation)

Seatbelt Readiness Test!
  1. When my child is sitting and their back is up against the seat, do my child's knees bend easily over the edge of the seat?
  2. a) Yes
    b) No

  3. Does the shoulder belt sit over my child’s shoulder crossing the middle of their chest, without touching their neck or face?
  4. a) Yes
    b) No

  5. Does the lap belt sit low across my child’s hips, NOT over the abdomen?

    a) Yes
    b) No

    x
    Your child is not ready yet. All three conditions must be met for a child to be safe while wearing a seat belt.

    checkmarkYes, your child is ready!


Right / Wrong
Right                Wrong

Safe travel... "Don’t forget"

father and son
  • always follow your car seat manufacturer’s guidelines for height and weight
  • the back seat is the safest place for any child under the age of 13
  • a child should never be placed in front of an active air bag
  • check for the expiry date on your car seat or call the manufacturer
  • if you did not send in the registration card check Transport Canada notices regularly for defect notices or recalls

Travelling tip: loose objects should be secured or put in the trunk. This prevents them from injuring the driver or passengers in a collision or sudden stop.

All drivers must ensure that passengers under the age of 16 are properly secured in a car seat, booster seat or seatbelt. This includes grandparents, babysitters, and visitors to Ontario. The fine is $240 and two demerit points.



For more information call DURHAM REGION HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Prevention of Injury & Substance Misuse Program at 905-668-7711 or 1-800-841-2729