Your child’s safety should be priority number one every time you get in your vehicle.
Sometimes we’re in a rush, or some of these tips below may not have occurred to us – in any event, here are 10 child seat safety tips that every Canadian parent should be aware of.
Top 10 Child Seat Safety Tips
- Tip #1: By law, children must be buckled up in a car seat made for their weight and height. Read your provincial/ territorial regulations for details.
- Tip #2: Many car seats are not installed correctly. If you are not sure that you have installed your car seat correctly, there may be a car seat clinic in your community that can help.
- Tip #3: Always replace and dispose of a booster seat that was in a vehicle that was involved in a collision. Even if the booster seat was empty, it may have been damaged.
- Tip #4: Do not leave loose items in your vehicle during a trip, as they may hit and hurt someone in a sudden stop.
- Tip #5: When using bulky winter clothing, make sure that the harness system is tight, compressing the material for a snug fit. Check with the car seat manufacturer for alternative methods of clothing during the winter.
- Tip #6: It is important to make sure the harness system remains snug when you switch your child from winter clothing back to slimmer, summer clothing.
- Tip #7: Always consult your vehicle owner’s manual and car seat user guide prior to installation.
- Tip #8: Ensure the car seat is at the recline position recommended by the manufacturer.
- Tip #9: Items that did not come with your car seat (such as seat protectors or comfort pads) may not be safe to use. Contact the car seat manufacturer before using these items with your car seat.
- Tip #10: Leave as much space as possible between the car seat and the front seat of your vehicle. Make sure you follow the recommendations regarding whether or not the car seat can contact the vehicle’s front seats.