Car Seats

Is Your Child's Car Seat Installed Correctly?

Parents can spend a lot of time driving with their kids — to and from appointments and activities, out running errands or travelling to visit family and friends. To make sure any children you drive with are as safe as they can be, you need to make sure that your child seat is properly installed.  Please read both the child safety seat instruction booklet when you are purchasing a child seat as well as your vehicle's owner's manual. 


The main function of a child safety seat/booster seat is to secure and restrain the body at the time of a motor vehicle collision. This restraint prevents the body from being thrown around inside or thrown out of the vehicle.  Adult seatbelt systems do not provide adequate restraint for children as they are far too big -- an ill-fitting seatbelt may cause injuries due to improper placement of the lap and chest portions. Worse yet, an adult seatbelt system may fail to restrain your child at all at the time of collision.


The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service does not recommend any specific seat; however, make certain that the seat you purchase bears the CMVSS label (Canadian Motor Vehicle safety Standards label). This label shows that the seat meets the Transport Canada Standards.

 

Additional Resources for Child Seat Safty and Tips

Ministry of Transportation, see:  Safe & Secure: Choosing the right car seat for your child

Goverment of Canada:  see Kids' Health & Safety (Road Safety)

 

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