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Car Seat Safety. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for Canadian children.

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1 Car Seat Safety

2 Car crashes are the number one cause of death for Canadian children

3 Choosing the right car seat Children under 13 years of age are safest in the back seat away from all active air bags By law, drivers are responsible for ensuring passengers under 16 years of age are secured properly

4 Infants Infant car seats should face the back of the vehicle, rest at a 45 degree angle and move no more than 2.5 cm (1 inch) where the seatbelt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) strap is routed through the child car seat Harness straps should fit at or below a baby's shoulders You should not be able to fit no more than one finger underneath the harness straps at the child's collarbone The chest clip should be flay against the chest at armpit level

5 Infants...... When the child outgrows the maximum height and weight of his/her infant seat A convertible rear-facing seat until your child is ready to be facing forward Law requires using a rear-facing car seat until the baby is at least 9 kilograms (20 pounds)

6 Toddlers A child can start riding face forward when they are at least 9 kg (20 pounds) To avoid injury it is important to use the tether strap To install a forward facing car seat, fasten the tether strap, then use your body weight to tighten and fasten the seatbelt or UAS strap Shoulder straps should be at or above the child's shoulders Straps should be snug, with only one finger width between the strap and the child's chest

7 Preschool to 8 years old The law requires booster seats for children who have outgrown a child car seat but are too small for a regular seat belt Booster seats are required for children under the age of eight, weighing 18 kg or more but less than 36 kg (40-80 pounds) and who stand less than 145 cm (4 feet-9 inches) tall

8 Criteria for seatbelts..... Child turns eight years old Child weighs 36 kg (80 pounds) Child is 145 cm 94 feet-9 inches) tall Booster seats raise the child up so that the adult seatbelt works better Booster seats protect against serious injury 3 1/2 times better than seatbelts alone hoose.shtml#preschool

9 Important tips...... Use the right seat for the child's height and weight Allows follow the manufacturer's instructions for correct child car seat installation and use Be sure to secure the child correctly Make sure harness straps are snug and tight Use a tether strap with a forward facing car seat Keep children away from active air bags Children under 13 should be in the back seat

10 Make sure the car seat has..... Instructions and all necessary hardware Not been in a collision A Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) sticker Not expired or beyond the seat's useful life date No discoloured (stress) marks and the harness is not worn or torn

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