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Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth on what you need to know about child car seats.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.

 I clearly remember the day our now 10 year old was born and how nervous I was driving that little human being home.  It felt like we had driven for an hour, when we arrived home safe and sound.  Now, I should mention I live extremely close to the hospital.  In fact, I think the drive was probably close to 4 minutes long. Even though I had brought our car and baby seat to the nearest fire station to have it inspected, I was still so nervous that very first time I drove home one of our children…


In Ottawa, it is estimated that more than 80 % of child car seats are used incorrectly.  Since accidents are the leading cause of injuries and deaths in children under the age of 14. These statistics are alarming.  Something as simple as installing and using a car seat properly can save thousands of lives.  If used correctly, a car seat reduces the number of  deaths by 90 % and also reduced the number of serious personal injuries by 70 %.  Knowing these statistics, how can anyone not take the time and effort to make sure a child is secured safely in a car?

The safest location for installed car seats  is in the middle and back of the car. As long as the seat belt is compatible with the child car seat, this is the safest place for a child to sit in a car. The Ontario government mandates that children being transported are secured properly in an appropriate car seat : infant seat (bucket seat) , child seat, or booster seat. It is important to note that a booster seat provides more than 60 % protection compared to a seat belt.

The Ontario government requires children under the age 8 who weigh more than 18 kg but less than 36 kg (40-80 lb.), and who are less than 145 centimetres or  4’9” tall be in a car seat. Only after a child exceeds any one of these criteria, can they move to using a seat belt .

If you are unsure of how to properly install your car there are resources all over Ottawa. For example, the Ottawa Safety Council is currently launching a new car seat inspection and car seat installation program in the Ottawa area. The program is called ” BEST FIT” and the Ottawa Safety Council will be running various clinics where a certified technician can inspect and install your child car seat for you. You must register for this free program on their website.

All of our children are precious and we need to do everything we can to keep them safe.  Please take the time to make sure your child is safe.

For more information that relates to child injuries, safety and accidents, please visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca .

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****some information in this post was originally posted on the City of Ottawa’s website

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