Child Restraints

Safe and Secure:

Choosing the Right Car Seat for Your Child


 Car crashes are the number one cause of death for Canadian children. Properly installed seats can reduce risk of serious injury or death by 71%.Children under the age of 13 are safest in the back seat way from all active air bags. By Law, Drivers are responsible for ensuring passengers under age 16 are secured properly. Failing to do so can result in a $90 fine and two demerit points.



Car sheets should face the back of the vehicle, rest on a 45 degree angle and move no more than 2.5cm side to side. Harness straps should be slotted at or below baby's shoulders, and should not be able to fit more than one finger underneath the harness straps at the collarbone.

 Use rear-facing car seat until:

The baby is at least 20 lbs

The baby can pull him/herself into a standing position

The baby is one year old



 Can ride facing forward when they are a year old, over 20lb and can pull him/herself in a standing position.carseat.jpg

All forward-facing car seats must use a tether strap. To install a forward-facing car seat, fasten the tether strap, and then use your body weight to tighten and fasten the seatbelt. Ensure the shoulder straps are at or above the child's shoulders. Straps should be snug with only one finger width between the strap and the collarbone


 Booster seats are used for children from 40-80lbs less than 4'9" tall and up to 8 years old. Booster seats raise a child up so that the adult seatbelt works more effectively. Always use both lap and shoulder belts in a booster seat


Make sure the shoulder strap crosses between your child's shoulder and neck (not the face), and the lap belt

crosses over the hips (not the stomach)


 When buying a car seat, new or used, make sure it has:boosterseats.jpg

Not been in a collision

A Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards sticker

Not expired or is not older than 10 years

No discoloured marks or cracks and the harness is not worn or torn

For more information visit the Ministry of Transportation website.

For more information on how to install your car seat or car seat clinics in your area, visit the

Sudbury and District Health Unit website.