Clarification on Car Seat Use

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On February 17th, 2017 the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service released information pertaining to the use of car seats.

The release should have included information differentiating infants from toddlers.

Child car seats for infants

Newborn babies and infants need special protection while in a vehicle. In a collision, a properly installed rear-facing child car seat can save your baby’s life.
Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, infants must use a rear-facing car seat until they weigh at least 9 kg (20 lb.).

This is a minimum requirement. It’s best to keep your child in a rear-facing child car seat until they reach the manufacturer’s weight or height limits.
When your child outgrows the maximum height and weight of their infant rear-facing car seat, they can move to a larger convertible rear-facing seat until they’re ready to ride facing forward.

Child car seats for toddlers

Under the Highway Traffic Act, children must use a forward-facing child car seat when they weigh between 9 kg and 18 kg (20 to 40 lb.)
You need to use a forward-facing child car seat until your child weighs at least 18 kilograms (40 lb.).

This is a minimum requirement. It’s best to keep your child in a forward-facing child car seat until they reach the manufacturer’s weight and height limits.

Booster seats

Booster seats raise children so adult seat belts protect them better. Booster seats protect children from serious injury 3 ½ times better than seat belts alone.
You need to use a booster seat if your child:

is under the age of eight
AND
weighs between 18 and 36 kg (40-80 lb.)
AND
is less than 145 cm (4 feet-9 inches) tall