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Child Safety Seats

childseat2.jpgBooster Seats Mandatory as of September 1st, 2005

Effective September 1st, 2005, a new law went into effect making it mandatory for anyone transporting children to make sure children are properly secured in either an infant seat, child seat, or booster seat. The law applies to all caregivers, from babysitters to grandparents.

Transportation Minister, Harinder Takhar said, "We know child car seats and booster seats save lives. In fact they can reduce the risk of death or injury by as much as 75 per cent."

  • Rear-facing infant car seats are required for infants weighing 9kg (20lbs)
    or less. Forward-facing child car seats are required for children weighing between 9kg and 18kg (20 to 40 lbs), children about one year of age.
  • Booster seats are required for children under the age of eight, weighing more than 18kg and less than 36kg (40 to 80 lbs), and who stands less
    than 145 cm (4 feet, 9 inches) tall.
A child can start using a seatbelt alone once any of the following criteria is met:

  • Child turns eight years old
  • Child weighs 36kg (80 lbs)
  • Child is 145 cm (4 feet, 9 inches) tall
The government will no longer collect Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on booster seats, effective September 1st, 2005. Child and infant seats are already PST-exempt. Drivers who fail to use booster or child car seats, or who use them incorrectly, face the loss of two demerit points plus a $240 fine. For more information, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Web site.

Car Seat Inspections

The Sudbury and District Health Unit are holding car seat inspection clinics throughout 2006. On their website, you can view the list of upcoming clinics and the information you need to make an appointment. You will need to make an attempt to install the car seat to your best capacity before going to the clinic.

If you are experiencing problems installing the car seat now, contact the Sudbury and District Health Unit Info Line at (705) 522-9200 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.