Child Passenger Safety
Are your Children Safely Buckled Up?
It’s the Law!
All drivers in Ontario are required to ensure that children are secured properly in
Always Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions
Children up to at least one year of age and 22 lb. should be seated rear-facing. The
infant seat is rear-facing only and should be used until the child reaches the height or
weight limit of the seat. The next seat is a rear-facing seat that can later be turned
forward facing (convertible seat). The harness straps should be at or slightly below
the baby’s shoulders and tight enough to allow only one finger at collarbone level.
Children are to be secured in a forward-facing seat until they weigh 40 lb. The
harness straps should be at or above the child’s shoulders. Check the manufacturer’s
instructions to determine which harness slots are appropriate for the forward-facing
position.. The harness should be snug enough to allow only one finger at the child’s
collarbone. The forward-facing seat must always be tethered in the designated tether
anchor (refer to your vehicle owner’s manual).
A booster seat is designed to improve the position of the vehicle seat belt ovet the
child. When children reach 40 lb. and are no longer secured in a car seat, they are still
too small for a lap-shoulder belt to fit properly, since it was designed to fit an adult.
Ontario law states that children must sit in a booster seat until they weigh 80 lb. or
are 8 yr. of age or 4 ft. 9 in. tall. When a child reaches any of these requirements,
parents are encouraged to see if their child can safely sit with a seat belt alone. For
example, a child may be 8 years of age, but still too small for the seat belt to fit
properly and should continue to use a booster seat.
Whether or not a child is ready to use a seat belt without a booster seat depends on
the height of the child, the shape of the vehicle seat and where the seat belts are
attached to the vehicle.
To keep a child safer, a booster seat should be used until all of the factors below are
☺ The child is at least 9 years of age (for pelvic development)
☺ The child has a sitting height of 74 cm (29 in.) and is at least 1.45 m (4 ft. 9
☺ The child can sit all the way back against the seat back with knees bent
comfortably at the edge of the seat
☺ The lap belt rests cross the upper thighs
☺ He shoulder belt is centred on the shoulder and chest
☺ The child can stay seated like this for the whole trip
Children must never be placed in a seating position with an active front air bag
For further information contact:
Ontario Ministry of Transportation www.mto.gov.on.ca
Safe Kids Canada www.safekidscanada.ca
Infant & Toddler Safety Association 519-570-0181/1-800-570-0181
Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services 519-539-9800 or 1-800-755-0394