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Car Seat Safety
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What do I need to know when buying a car seat?

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Always look for this label

Always look for this label
(Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards)

Can I use a second-hand car seat?

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Second hand car seats can be a risky choice. It is important to know and trust the previous owner to get a true history of the seat. Be sure that:

Can snowsuits and bunting bags be safely used with a car seat?

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child under blanket

How do I know when to move my child to the next car seat?

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car seat stages chart

Source: Transport Canada

When will my child be ready to use a seat belt?

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Legally your child must ride in a booster seat until they are at least:

This is a minimum requirement.

A booster seat raises your child up so the seat belt fits properly, preventing injuries.

Take the Seat Belt Readiness Test!

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

    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

Are tether straps always necessary?

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