Booster Seat 411

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If you had kids prior to 2005, you may remember a time when booster seats were optional. With the change in car seat regulations and the addition of the booster seat for children ages 4-8 years old/40-80lbs, it is estimated that your child’s risk of injury in an accident is reduced by 59% versus just using a seat belt alone. Despite the increased safety, some research has shown that 30-50% of people misuse booster seats, with premature graduation from the booster seat being the number one type of misuse.

Don’t rush your child from their booster seat!

THE LAW

The Ontario Highway Traffic Act states that children must be in a booster seat until:

  • they are over the age of eight

OR

  • they weigh more than 80lbs/36kg

OR

  • they are more than 145cm/4ft9in tall

Failure to comply could result in a $240 fine and 2 demerit points.

HOWEVER

What is the law and what is the safest for your child are not the same thing. Though the law states that an eight year old child does not need to use a booster seat, it is very likely that your eight year old should still be using a booster seat. To reduce the chance of a head, neck, spinal or abdominal injury in an accident, it is recommended by both the Government of Ontario and the Middlesex-London Health Unit to keep kids in booster seats until:

  1. the shoulder belt lies across the child’s shoulder (not the face or neck) and middle of the chest.
  2. the lap belt lies across the upper thighs, not over the stomach.
  3. your child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the vehicle seat when they are sitting all the way against the back of the seat.
  4. your child is taller than 145cm/4ft9in

It is likely that your child will not meet these requirements until they are 10-12 years old. Newer booster seats have weight limits of up to 120lbs to allow for these recommendations to be met.

 

Buckle Up Baby

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The list of Buckle Up Baby Car Seat Clinics has been posted for the 2015 calendar year. If you are expecting a new baby or have a child transitioning from a bucket seat to a rear facing car seat, a rear facing to a forward facing, a forward facing to a booster seat, then consider making an appointment to have the installation verified by the professionals. Correct installation of car seats is a significant challenge for many parents, grandparents, and caregivers and could save many lives and result in less injuries across the province.

Clinics are open to the general public, but require appointments made in advance. Call 519-666-3227 to book an appointment.

It is recommended that you book your appointment 6-8 weeks in advance.

Car seat clinics are held at Westmount Shopping Centre on Parking Level 2 of the Indoor Parking Garage.  Continue reading