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What are the height and weight limits for child and infant car seats ?

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth….It seems like yesterday,  but 11 years ago I sat at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus with our first-born and prepared to drive him home.  I was almost as nervous for this drive home as I was the delivery. Like any first time parent , I kept thinking …Is this seat safely installed? Did I do it right?  I read up online and even called a friend who was a fire fighter to walk me through it…Then, as time went on, a second and third child came and we were constantly juggling various car seats, booster seats, rear-facing this, forward-facing that, watching their weight and wondering when it was time to move onto the next…If any of this sounds familiar or if you are about to enter these years, I would like to share with you what I know when it comes to car seats…

Shoulder Straps:

When an infant is in a rear-facing car seat it’s important that the top of the shoulder straps are below or at the baby’s shoulders. It’s important that the straps are in the proper place as to properly secure the infant.

The “bucket seat”:

In almost every case, an infant is safest in a rear-facing car seat. It’s best to keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. There are even some rear facing car seats that allow a child to be rear facing up to 45 pounds. Consider this when purchasing your car seat.  It is significantly safer to keep children in rear-facing car seats.

Harness:

It’s important to make sure the harness of any child car seat, especially infant car seats is properly secured. Once your infant is secure in their car seat, test to make sure it is tight enough to your child’s shoulders. You should only be able to fit one finger between the car seat harness and your child’s collarbone. If there is more room, your harness straps are too loose and need to be tightened.

Where the buckle should be positioned:

The buckle that clips over the infants chest should be between the nipples and your infant’s armpits. It’s important that this buckle is not too high or low. If the buckle is out of place, your infant could in fact fly out of the car seat on impact.

Changes in weight and height:

It’s important to keep an eye on your child’s weight and height when it comes to having them in the proper car seat. As soon as they have reached a weight or height limit, it’s imperative you move them to the next level of child car seat. For rear-facing car seats, this means when there is less than an inch of the hard shell left at the top of the seat above your child’s head. As for weight limitations in children’s car seats, they do vary a bit and I would advise you to check with the manufacturer model to be certain and follow these guidelines to a tee.

Remove thick outer wear:

You would be surprised by how much space an infant or child coat takes up.  It’s always safest to remove your child’s coat before strapping them in.  This allows for the straps to be as secure as possible , avoiding any gaps that may potentially arise from outer wear.

Get informed:

If you are not feeling confident and still have some doubts about whether or not you are using the right car seat , it’s best you seek answers.  There are many, many valuable resources such as Transport Canada https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/safedrivers-childsafety-car-time-stage1-1084.htm

Parachute Canada http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/topic/C2

or call  1-866-SEAT-CHECK

A little bit or research and a little bit of time could save your child’s life. Drive safely and hug your loved ones.

Since 1999, David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury lawyer team have been  helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident in Ontario. We devote ourselves to safety and helping people through some of the most difficult days. For more information, please visit us at www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . Email us any question at david@ottawainjury.ca   -We understand, we care and we’re here to help and our track record proves it.

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Why do child car seats have an expiry date and is it safe to still use them ?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.  In Canada, all car seat manufacturers provide an expiry date on all car seats.  Why? For safety !

There are also reasons such as…

  • sunlight: yes, sun exposure can damage or weaken the plastic found in car seats; and
  • safety regulations and standards change over time and products improve over time.

The provincial and territorial laws state that children’s car seats and booster seats  must be certified to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and must be used properly according to the instructions given by the manufacturer. If you don’t follow the instructions or if you use them past their expiry or useful life dates, there is exposure to putting a child at risk and you may be found guilty of breaking the law.

You may be tempted to buy a car seat second hand.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers do not recommend you buy a used car seat unless you can get a guarantee that it hasn’t been in an accident (which could be impossible), has not been recalled (check with the manufacturer or Transport Canada – 1-800-333-0371) and that it isn’t expired; Transport Canada also provides a list of manufacturers of car seats and booster seats sold in Canada which includes the expiry/life date.

The following are the weight guidelines for child car seats in Ontario:

Infants: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children must rear-facing car seats until the child weighs at least 9 kg (20 lb.). It’s important to note that this is a minimum requirement. Some rear-facing car seats are made for children that weigh up to 20 kg (45 lb.).

Toddlers: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children use a forward-facing child car seat once  they weight from 9 kg to 18 kg (20 to 40 lb.). Again, this is a minimum requirement. Some forward-facing car seats are made for children that weigh up to 30 kg (65 lb.).

Pre-School and up to 8 years old: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children use a booster seat once they weigh 18 kg to 36 kg (40-80 lb.), are less than 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall, and are under the age of 8. Again, this is a minimum requirement.

Youth: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children can use a seat belt when one of the following conditions is met:

  • Child turns 8 years old, or
  • Child weighs 36 kg (80 lb.), or
  • Child is 145 cm (4´ 9˝) tall or more

It’s important that  the shoulder strap is positioned across a youth’s shoulder and in the middle of the chest and the lap belt crosses the hips and not the stomach.

Child car seat requirements are the law and more importantly are there for safety.  If you are unsure of what car seat your child should be in or if your car seat is installed correctly, there are a number of resources in the Ottawa area to help you such as Service Ontario at 1(800) 268-4686. Please make sure your child is safe.

-We understand, we care and we’re here to help: Ottawa personal injury lawyers since 1999. We focus on safety and helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one.  If you have any questions regarding your Ontario insurance claim or accident benefits claims, drop us a note at  david@ottawainjury.ca and we would be happy to offer advise free of charge . Visit us at www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 .

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Happy, safe Hallowe’en and a few reminders for your children from our Ottawa injury lawyers.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth… I don’t know about you, but the rain will not stop our 3 children from running around acquiring as much candy as possible tonight.  This year we have  A RedSox baseball player, Katy Perry and a witch running about the neighbourhood.  Each year, we have a little “review” with our children before they head out. Yes, it’s repetitive and yes, it’s information they already know but nevertheless, it’s important.  I urge you to have the same conversation with your children tonight.  If you need some reminders, here are the last 4 year’s posts from me in regards to Halloween safety.  Have a great , safe night and let’s hope the rain lets up for our little trick-or-treaters.

http://www.ottawainjury.ca/lawyers/ottawa-personal-injury-accidents/ottawa-personal-injury-lawyer-david-hollingsworth-on-halloween-safety/29102012

http://www.ottawainjury.ca/lawyers/safety/ottawa-personal-injury-lawyer-on-halloween-safety-tips/30102011

http://www.ottawainjury.ca/lawyers/ottawa-personal-injury-accidents/halloween-safety-tips-ottawa-personal-injury-lawyer-david-hollingsworth/19102010

http://www.ottawainjury.ca/lawyers/safety/accident-and-injury-prevention-halloween-night/28102009

-David Hollingsworth , Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers. We understand, we care and we’re here to help since 1999.  The Ottawa injury lawyers working with David Hollingsworth have been  devoted to safety and helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one.  If you have a question or require some information,  email us at david@ottawainjury.ca and we would be happy to help and consult free of charge . We devote ourselves to helping others and are here to help you.  We offer free consultations and travel to you wherever you are most comfortable meeting. Visit us at www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 .

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Ottawa Police seeking information regarding Ottawa pedestrian accident Walkley and Baycrest in the Heron Gate area.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth

Ottawa’s CFRA radio station reported an Ottawa accident this morning involving a 21-year-old male, who remains in serious condition in an Ottawa hospital. The male was hit by a car in  the area of  Heron Gate area.  Ottawa Paramedics reported that the male  hit the windshield of the car and was thrown close to  20 feet into the intersection of  Walkley  and Baycrest road. He was rushed to a nearby Ottawa hospital and Ottawa Police are investigating the accident.  If you have any information, you are asked to please contact the Ottawa Police at (613) 236-1222.

For more information related  to driving safety, insurance, accidents  or personal injury law Ontario, please visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca.  Throughout the years, we have built an incredible personal injury team who share a common interest in helping people .  Email us at david@ottawainjury.ca with any  questions you may have and we will provide you with free legal advice. We understand, we care and we’re here to help..and our track record proves it.

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Ottawa injury lawyer cautioning on dehumidifier recalls.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.  It’s that time of year for us. Inevitably, one  of our 3 children starts coughing and sniffling and a cold starts that seems to pass through the house.  We dug out the humidifier last night and sure enough things seem better this morning.  I was looking online at various humidifiers and came across this recall.  I thought I would share as it was timely for us and may be for you as well.

Recall on Dehumidifiers : Danby, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree and Premiere humidifiers are recalling  among Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Gree units due to overheating.  Health Canada stated that the humidifiers may smoke, overheat, light a fire and burn. So far, Gree Electric Appliances has had a reported 165 incidents of dehumidifiers overheating, smoking, or catching fire in the US.  In Canada, Health Canada, Gree Electric Appliances, Danby, Sunrise and Frigidaire have to date no reported cases. In total, there are about 52,546  dehumidifiers out there that were sold in Canada by Danby, Sunrise and Frigidaire that are being recalled. Most dehumidifiers were sold between August 2008 and August 2013 in Canada. Health Canada is advising anyone who purchased these humidifiers to contact  Stericycle, at 1-866-853-2802 for a refund.

Inevitably you will likely need a humidifier or dehumidifer in the months to come. Might as well check them now…

–David Hollingsworth , Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers. We understand, we care and we’re here to help. Since 1999, the Ottawa injury lawyers working with David Hollingsworth have been  helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one.  If you have a question or just need some information,  email us at david@ottawainjury.ca  .We would be happy to help and consult free of charge ! We devote ourselves to helping others and hope we can help you.  We offer free consultations and travel to you wherever you are most comfortable meeting. Visit us at www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 .

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David Hollingsworth and Associates: Petawawa motorcycle accident results in tragic death of Jeffrey Cassista.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.  Sadly, a 46-year-old male has died following an accident in Petawawa early yesterday morning. The Ontario Provincial Police reported that a motorcyclist collided with a pick-up truck at approximately 5:30 a.m. Jeffrey Cassista was rushed to hospital, but unfortunately he did not survive. Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the accident. If you have any information, please contact the OPP. My thoughts go out to Jeffrey Cassista’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

–David Hollingsworth , Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers. We understand, we care and we’re here to help. Since 1999, the Ottawa injury lawyers at David Hollingsworth and Associates have been  helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one. Visit us at www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . If you have a question or just need some information,  email us at david@ottawainjury.ca  .We would be happy to help and consult free of charge !We devote ourselves to helping others through the most difficult days of their lives by being there for them and their families. We offer free consultations and travel to you wherever you are most comfortable meeting.

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Ottawa lawyers: Tragic fatal Ottawa accident Prince of Wales drive leaves 22 year old dead.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.  Sadly, a fatal accident yesterday afternoon on Prince of Wales Drive has left a 22 year old male dead.   The fatal Ottawa accident occurred yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:25 pm when the vehicle crossed the centre line and ended up in a ditch and hitting 4 RV trailers.  The young man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  My thoughts go out to this young man’s family and friends at this very difficult time. Ottawa Police are investigating the accident. If you have any information, please contact the Ottawa Police at (613) 236-1222

–Since 1999, our Ottawa injury lawyers at David Hollingsworth and Associates have been  helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one. After losing a loved one in an accident, we know that the last thing you need to be worried about is filing accident benefits claims to help cover the costs related to a death.  We can do this for you so you can focus on what’s important.  Your family, your grief and your friends. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . Email us at david@ottawainjury.ca

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Ottawa Injury Lawyer : Ottawa cycling accident Innes road and Belcourt sends male to Ottawa hospital with serious injuries.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.  Yesterday we reported of an Ottawa cyclists being struck and sadly last night another Ottawa cyclist was struck close to Innes Road and Belcourt Boulevard at approximately 9:45 p.m. The male cyclist was rushed to an Ottawa hospital with serious personal injuries but thankfully Ottawa Police reported that the injuries were not life threatening. I wish him a full and hopefully not lengthy recovery.

I know that it’s summer and there are more bicycles on our Ottawa roads but I worry about the number of cycling accidents that occur each year in Ottawa. Statistics Canada reported that approximately 7,500 cyclists suffer serious personal injuries each year and that as many as 70,000 others are likely treated in hospital emergency rooms for cycling accidents and related personal injuries.

We all need to do our part to reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents.  This means drivers need to slow down, look for cyclists and be aware that there are MANY cyclists out there on Ottawa roads and we all need to share the road.  Cyclists also need to be aware of how vulnerable they are on the roads and cycle accordingly.

We live in a busy city and I encourage everyone who can to get out there on their bicycles as much as possible. We need to work together as drivers and cyclists to ensure a safer Ottawa for everyone.

—Since 1999, David Hollingsworth and Associates are Ottawa injury lawyers specializing in helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident such as bicycle accidents. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers devote themselves to helping people throughout  Ontario by offering free consultations and making home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . Email us at david@ottawainjury.ca

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Do you need a lawyer to file for ODSP? Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth explains why you don’t and when you might.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates..We had a question come in this week and it’s one we get regularly so I figured I would answer it here on the blog for others to see.

The question was about ODSP and does one need a lawyer to make a claim.  The answer is no. ODSP is the Ontario Disability Support Program and is a social assistance program that helps with income support and is based on your financial situation and your disability status. ODSP provides income support and  helps people with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses, like food, housing and  finding a job.  ODSP also offers employment support which helps people with disabilities who can and want to work prepare and find a job.

If you qualify to receive income support, the amount you receive varies on

  • the size of your family
  • your income
  • what assets you may have
  • housing costs.

Other benefits available are:

Should you qualify for Income Support, your family may also qualify for benefits, such as:

  • drug and dental coverage
  • eye care
  • hearing aids
  • diabetic supplies
  • transportation costs to appointments
  • wheelchair/mobility devices  repairs and batteries
  • guide dog support
  • work-related expenses.

Many people believe that they need a lawyer to apply for ODSP and that is untrue.  If you have been in an accident and have a personal injury lawyer then absolutely they can help you make this claim. However the ODSP process is very straightforward you can apply for yourself. If your ODSP claim is denied and you want to appeal it , then you may want to consult with a lawyer to get the best advise possible. There are also legal aid clinics throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario that can help with ODSP claims.  When in doubt , it never hurts to consult.

Here in Ottawa, the ODSP office is located at:

Ottawa
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Ontario Disability Support Program-Income Support and Employment Supports
351 Preston Street , 2nd floor

(613) 234-1188 or toll free: 1-800-267-5111

TTY: (613) 787-3959
Fax: (613) 783-5958

—————————————————————Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates have been helping Ottawa and Ontario  accident victims since 1999.  Our lawyers  devote themselves to promoting safety in Ottawa and throughout eastern Ontario. Throughout the years, we have been able to help thousands of families get through some of the most difficult days, weeks and months of their lives following an accident or the loss of a loved one. For more information visit  www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . If you have any questions , please contact us.

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Ottawa injury lawyer wishing all our wonderful Ottawa teachers and students a happy, safe, summer !

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.  I may be giving away my age with this comment but Alice Cooper said it and now it’s finally here….”School’s out for summer !” .  The kids are finally out for the summer and ready to tackle camps, cottages, pools etc… This means great times and fun filled days and it also means an increased chance of accidents happening.  Pool and water safety is at the top of my list.  I want to remind everywhere about properly supervising children near water , even those strong swimmers ! When it comes to boating, please make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket.  Never ever drink and drive; this means cars, boats, ATV , or any other vehicles ! At cottages, make sure your premises are as safe as possible.  Do not over serve your guests and ensure that if someone is drinking , they have a place to stay and don’t drive home. I also want to touch on helmets for bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, etc..  Helmet use does not prevent head injuries but they certainly can help. We can’t live in a bubble, but we certainly can take steps to ensure that we protect ourselves and our guests. There will be an influx of kids on the streets and at our parks, wading pools etc.  Please be aware of this and slow down.  I hope you all have a wonderful, safe summer filled with amazing days with you friends and family.

A special thanks goes to the wonderful teachers and administrators in Ottawa . You are amazing to not only teach our children everyday but keep them safe and happy. Thank you for helping us raise our children.  Have a wonderful summer !

———————————————————————————————————————————————Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates have been dedicated to  Ottawa and Ontario helping people who have been injured in an accident since 1999.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers devote themselves to promoting safety in Ottawa and eastern Ontario. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers also offer free consultations and make home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . Email us at david@ottawainjury.ca

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