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Infant and Child Car Seat Safety. Have you buckled your child properly?

Installing a Child Car Seatchildaccident

Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Injury Lawyer…I came across this information on the Canada Safety Council website and thought I would share .  Let’s do everything we can to keep our kids safe and avoid child injuries !

Canadian Safety Council: Buckle-Up  Basics

Did you know that the proper use of a child restraint on each and every trip can prevent 75% of crash-related deaths and serious child injuries. Sadly, roadside checks find only 51.6 % of children buckled up at all. During 2002, Buckle Up Bears clinics found that less than 20 percent of all car seats checked were correctly installed. By following  tips from the Canada Safety Council, we can help make sure children are  properly secured in their vehicles.

The Fundamentals of installing child car seats

  • Always ensure your child car seat has CMVSS (Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) on the label and has a valid manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check the weight and height limits of the seat and check this against the child being placed in the child car seat.
  • Before you buy a child car seat, test it in your vehicle to ensure that it  fits well in your vehicle.
  • Follow all  instructions according to the child seat manufacturer’s manual and the vehicle owner’s manual.
  • Transport Canada recommends that children under the age of 12 and under should be properly restrained in the back seat especially if there is a passenger-side air bag.

Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat Birth to 10 kg (22 lb.)

  • An infant-only car seat is the best for young babies. When your child is over the height OR weight limit of the infant-only car seat, you can use an infant seat in the rear-facing position.
  • Always ensure the harness are  snug. You should only be able to fit one finger between you baby’s and the harness.
  •  Make sure that the chest clips are positioned at your child’s armpit level.
  • Remove winter outdoor wear before placing your child in their seat.
  • Never put a rear-facing child car seat on a seat that is equipped with an air bag.

Forward-Facing Car Child Seat 10 – 18 kg (22 – 40 lb.)

  • Once your child weighs 10 kg and are able to stand independently you can switch to a  forward-facing seat.
  • Always make sure the  harness is snug and follow the one finger rule.  The chest clip needs to be at the armpit level.
  • All forward-facing child car seats must be anchored to the vehicle frame with a tether strap. If the anchor is not visible, check in the trunk.

Booster Car Seat 18 kg (40 lb.) or over

  • Your child can move to a booster seat once they weigh 18 kg.
  • A booster car seat raises the child to properly fit the adult seat-belt.
  • A booster car seat that uses a lap is always best.
  • Check your seat  and ensure that you are following the weight limits.

Seat-Belts

  • Once your child has reached the age of 8 or is 4 ft. 9 in., or weighs 80 lbs, they can use a seat belt in Ontario.
  • Make sure the seat belt is positioned properly. The lap portion of the seat belt should be worn on the hips, touching the upper thighs and the  shoulder portion of the seatbelt should be worn over the shoulder and tight across the chest.
  • Your child should always sit upright, with their back against the seat.

Stay safe and buckle up !

 

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