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Safety Tips
  • 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 car seat.
    Children under 13 are safest in the back seat.
  • 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 on hips.
    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 demerit points.
  • Visit a car seat clinic to assure and to learn how to install the car seat properly
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