Car seats and booster seats protect children from being injured in a car crash. When you use the right car seat or booster seat in the right way, you can reduce the risk that your child will be hurt or killed by 70%. Car seats and booster seats save lives.
The Type of Car Seat for your Child
At this age your child will either be in a forward facing car seat or a booster seat. A combination seat is one that can be used both for forward facing and then change into a booster seat. This type of car seat usually has a high weight limit for the car seat harness that can be up to 65 pounds (30 kg). Check your car seat for height and weight limits and also check your car seat instructions and car owners manual about how to install the higher weight car seats.
Forward Facing Car Seat
If your child is under the weight of 40 lbs (18 kg) they must be in a harnessed car seat. For more information on using a forward facing car seat please refer to the car seat section for child safety age 3-5.
A booster seat is for children that weigh a minimum of 40 pounds (18 kg). A booster seat raises the child up so that the seat belt fits correctly.
A child should use a booster seat until they have reached 145 centimetres (57 inches) in height. For more information on when a child can move from a booster seat to the seatbelt, click on the section for children and seatbelts.
Check out the videos below for more information on car seats and booster seats, or watch our booster seat PSA.
Recently, Child Safety Link was shown on Live at 5 with information on booster seats. Watch the news clip, compliments of CTV.
To download our new Car Seat Safety Checklist for Booster Seats, click here!
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Click here to download our parent booklet: "Keep Kids Safe: A Parent's Guide to Car Seats".
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