Did you know that every year in Canada about 10,000 children, from infants to 12-year olds, are injured or die in a motor vehicle accidents? According to Transport Canada, child car seats make road travel safer for your child. They keep your child in place, so that in a sudden stop or crash, your child has increased protection. This will reduce the chances of serious injury or even death.
There are four car time stages when child safety seats should be used. They are as follows:
1) Rear-facing seats – These are placed at a 45-degree angle so that your baby’s head is supported. Keep your baby in a rear-facing seat until he or she weighs 22 pounds (10 kg).
2) Forward-facing seats – These seats have harness straps that are narrower than a vehicle seat belt and fits a child’s small shoulders. Keep your child in the forward-facing seat until he or she weighs 40 pounds (18 kg).
3) Booster Seats – These seats are designed to allow children to use seat belts. The booster seat positions a child properly so that the seat belt is correctly located on the lap and shoulder. Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she weighs 80 pounds (36 kg).
4) Seat Belts – Seat belts are used when children are tall enough to use a seat belt that is properly positioned over their lap and shoulder without needing a booster seat. Children at this stage should always wear a seatbelt for safety.
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