Child Car Seat Safety
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According to the British Colombia Automobile Association,
In BC, an average of 1,400 kids under age nine are injured and four are killed in motor vehicle crashes every year. Research shows that seat belts and child car seats – when used correctly – are the most effective tools in preventing injuries and deaths in car crashes.
BC law states that the driver must ensure all children in the vehicle under 16 years old are correctly secured in a child car seat or seat belt.
As children grow and change, the type of protection system needed also changes.
Please click on the link below that fits your child’s age for more information
New or used child seat?
Once you have identified the type of seat for your child, decide if you are buying new, used or borrowing a child seat.
New child seats
A new seat will:
- Provide the most up-to-date safety standards
- Expire later
- Cost more
Used or borrowed child seats
For a used or borrowed seat you should check that the child seat:
- Has not been in any type of vehicle crash
- Is in good working condition
- Has no missing parts
- Is not expired
- Has instructions
- Has not been recalled
- Was purchased in Canada
How do you know which model to buy?
There are many models of child car seats. Transport Canada sets the same safety standards for all seats: Higher cost does not equal greater protection. The right seat for your child is the one that:
- Is legal to use in Canada
- Fits your child
- Fits your vehicle
- Is easy to use
Is legal to use in Canada
Child car seats purchased in other countries are not legal for use in Canada. All child seats made for use in Canada will have a National Safety label on the child seat. Transport Canada – Consumer Information Notice
Fits your child
After you determine the type of seat for your child, choose a child seat that has:
- At least 3 harness positions
- Two crotch buckle positions
- Room for your child to grow, e.g. weight and height
Fits your vehicle
After you have chosen a child seat that fits your child ensure:
- If rear-facing, the child seat does not touch the back of the front vehicle seat
- The base does not cover the seatbelt or the seatbelt buckle
- If you have more than one child car seat, there is room for all of them to fit correctly
Is easy to use
When you have chosen a child seat that fits your child and your vehicle choose a seat that you can easily:
- Tighten the harness straps
- Change the harness height
- Thread the seatbelt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) through the belt path
If a child car seat is past the expiry date it should not be used.
Transport Canada recalls child car seats due to safety concerns. If you are buying a used child car seat or you want to check one that you already own, view the latest recall notice:
- Transport Canada Public Recall Notices
- Printable list of Infant, Child and Booster Car Seat Recalls (PDF)
- Transport Canada Consumer Information Notices
If you have any questions, call the toll-free BCAA Child Seat Information Line at 1-877-247-5551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Car Seat Clinics in Kimberley!
Please call Verena at 250-432-5931 to book your appointment.
Update from BCCAA on Nov. 8th 2016 – Important news for installing child car seats!
If you are tempted to move your child to the next stage early (for example moving a child from facing the rear to facing forward), don’t. Research shows this may pose an increased safety risk to the child.
For more information on this update click here!
Find out more Information about your exact car seat click here.