The Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada) govern our use of seat belts and child restraint systems in motor vehicles. The Barrie Police Service believes that the proper use of seat belts and child seating systems provides the safest environment to drivers and passengers within a motor vehicle, helping to protect against serious injury and death if involved in a motor collision.
Choosing, installing, and using the proper child seating system for your child is the law. Children must be buckled-up in a seat or restraint made for their weight, height, and age.
All child seats are different. Make sure you read the label on the child seat and the child seat manual carefully; to make sure your child fits the weight and height range of the restraint.
It is safest to keep your child in each stage for as long as possible.
Stage 1: Rear-facing child seat. A rear-facing child seat must be used from birth to a minimum of 10kg (22lbs), and at least until 1 year of age, and until your child can walk unassisted. All three criteria must be met before transitioning to Stage 2.
Transport Canada Stage 1 Information
Stage 2: Forward-facing child seat. A forward-facing child seat can be used after the child reaches 1 year of age, weighs over 10kgs (22lbs), and is walking unassisted. A child must remain in a forward-facing child seat until they reach 18 kg (40lbs).
Transport Canada Stage 2 Information
Stage 3: Booster seat. A booster seat can be used if your child weighs over 18kg (40lbs) and meets the height guidelines in your booster seat user manual. A booster seat must be used until your child reaches one of these criteria: weighs 36kg (80lbs), turns 8 years old, or reaches a minimum height of 145cm (4 feet 9 inches).
Transport Canada Stage 3 Information
Stage 4: Seatbelt. Once your child is weighs a minimum of 36kg (80lbs), turns 8 years old, or reaches a height of 145cm (4 feet 9 inches), they can use a seat belt if the shoulder belt rests on your child’s shoulder, never on the neck or arm and the lap belt is snug against your child’s hips, and not the stomach.
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