- Use the proper seat for your child's
weight, height and development.
- Always follow the manufacturer's
instructions for correct car seat
installation, the weight and height
limits, and correct use of hardware such
as tether strap and locking clip.
- Make sure harness straps are snug and
tight. You should only be able to fit
one finger between the harness straps
and the child's collarbone.
- Use a tether strap with a forward-facing
Children under 13 are safest in the back
- Kneel on the child car seat and use your
full body weight to push the child car
seat into the vehicle seat. At the same
time, tighten and fasten the seat belt.
Make sure the child car seat moves no
more than 2.5 cm (1 in.) to the front or
to the side of the vehicle.
- Try not to dress your child in clothing
that is too bulky. Place a blanket over
the harness straps to help keep your
child warm. (There are special blankets
available to use with child car seats).
- Never put additional padding under or
behind the infant. This extra padding
will compress during a collision
resulting in harness slack and
potentially causing the infant to be
ejected from the restraint system.
- Pregnant women can best protect
themselves and their unborn child by
always wearing a seat belt, snug and low
Remember, by Ontario law, drivers are
responsible for ensuring passengers
under 16 are secured properly. Failing
to do so may result in a fine plus
- Visit a car seat clinic to assure and to
learn how to install the car seat