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Infant and child car seats save lives. For every ride in a car, secure your child into a properly installed car seat or booster seat that meets all current safety standards. Use a car seat or booster seat that is made for their weight and height. For questions about car seats and booster seats, call Transport Canada at 1-800-333-0371 or visit the Government of Canada Child Safety webpage at www.canada.ca/en/services/transport/road/child-car-seat-safety.html.
A child who is not in a car seat can be seriously injured or killed during a crash or an abrupt stop, even at low speeds. A parent's arms are not strong enough to hold and protect a baby during a car crash. Many unrestrained children die because they are torn from an adult's arms during a crash.
Set a good example for your children by always wearing your own seat belt, and always insist that they buckle up.
Buy a car seat appropriate for your child's current weight and height:
Don't buy a used car seat. If a car seat has been recalled or has been in a car crash or misused, it may not fully protect your baby.
Check your provincial laws for when your child can move to a seat belt.
For maximum safety, follow the manufacturer's recommendations for car seat use, which should include weight guidelines, installation procedures, and how to position and secure your child. The safest position for your baby or child is in the back, middle seat of the car.
Do not let your child get out of his or her seat while the car is moving. If your child needs attention, stop the car, take the child out of the seat, take care of his or her needs, and put him or her back into the seat before the car starts moving again. If your child is fussy again soon after, stop and check your child again.
Other Works ConsultedCommittee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention (2011, reaffirmed 2014). Policy Statement: Child passenger safety. Pediatrics, 127: 788. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-0213. Accessed February 12, 2015.
Adaptation Date: 2/28/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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