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Is your car seat safe to use?

  • Check that your seat is approved for use in Canada. You’ll find the National Safety Mark on the car seat or booster seat.
  • Read the labels and instructions to make sure that your child is within the height, weight, and age limits for the seat.
  • Is your seat secondhand? Make sure you still have all parts, including the instruction booklet. If you do not have it, contact the manufacturer for a copy.
  • Has your seat been previously involved in a crash? If you do not know the history of the seat, it may no longer be safe to use.
  • Check Transport Canada’s website to find out if your seat has been recalled.
  • All car seats and booster seats expire. Check the date on your seat. Contact the manufacturer if you’re unsure.

Do you have questions about keeping your child safe in the car? Call Child Safety Link at 1-866-288-1388 (toll free from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador) or email childsafetylink@iwk.nshealth.ca.

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