Choosing the Right Child Car Seat

Refer to these checklists to help you use your child car
seat correctly.
Choosing the
Right Child
Car Seat
Rear-facing Checklist
…… Read manuals for vehicle and child car seat
…… Child car seat is located on an appropriate forward-facing
vehicle seat
• not in front of an active air bag
• middle rear preferred
…… Seat belt or UAS (Universal Anchorage System) is in the
correct belt path (closest to the back of the vehicle seat)
BCAA Child Passenger Safety Program
…… Seat belt is locked
…… Child car seat is secured tightly (one inch movement or
less) at the seat belt path
…… Child car seat is reclined to 45°
…… Harness slot is below child’s shoulder
…… Harness is fastened (both latches secure)
…… Harness is snug (one finger or less at collarbone)
…… Chest clip is at armpit level
Forward-facing Checklist
…… Read manuals for vehicle and child car seat
…… Child car seat is located on an appropriate forward-facing
vehicle seat(rear middle preferred)
We’re here to help.
BCAA Child Passenger Safety Program provides
information to help make sure your children are
safer while traveling on BC roads.
…… Child car seat is upright (recline leg out, nothing under
child seat)
…… Seat belt or UAS in the correct belt path (closest to the
back of vehicle seat)
…… Seat belt is locked
…… Child car seat is secured tightly (one inch movement or
less) at seat belt path
…… Tether is attached to proper anchor
…… Tether is snug
Click
bcaa.com/roadsafety
Call (toll-free)
1.877.247.5551
Email
roadsafety@bcaa.com
…… Harness slot is above child’s shoulder
…… Harness is fastened (both latches secure)
This information is available in other languages at bcaa.com.
…… Harness is snug (one finger or less at collarbone)
This information is written in plain language for use in Canada only and is intended
to provide general information only. Nothing is intended to provide legal or
professional advice or to be relied on in any dispute, claim, action, demand or
proceeding. BCAA does not accept liability for any damage or injury resulting from
reliance on the information in this publication.
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…… Chest clip is at armpit level
Which car seat is right for your child?
Birth to one year
Over one year
Under nine years
Until at least one year of age and 10 kg (22 lbs) your
child must use a harnessed rear-facing child car seat
when traveling in a vehicle.
If your child is over one year old and at least 10 kg (22 lbs)
they can use a forward-facing child car seat. Always
check the child seat manual for the forward-facing
weight limit of that seat.
Once your child has reached 18 kg (40 lbs) they can
either remain in a harnessed forward-facing child car
seat or use a booster seat.
• Rear-facing child car seats support and protect the
child’s head and spine in the event of a crash.
Note: It is recommended that children under four
years old remain in a harnessed forward-facing
child seat.
• A rear-facing child car seat must never be used in a
front passenger seating position that has an active
air bag.
• Refer to the rear-facing checklist on the back of this
brochure for advice on installation and harnessing.
• Booster seats are for children over 18 kg (40 lbs) until
they are nine years old or have reached a height of
145 cm (4’9”).
• A booster seat raises the child to correctly position
the seat belt over the shoulder and across the chest
and hips.
• Booster seats must be used with a shoulder/lap seat
belt.
Note: It is recommended that your child remain
rear-facing as long as possible within the seat’s
rear-facing weight range. Check the child seat
manual for the rear-facing weight limit.
• Change to a forward-facing car seat when your child
weighs more than the child car seat’s weight limit for
rear-facing, or when your child’s head is within 2.5 cm
(one inch) of the top of the child seat.
• Your child must continue to use a forward-facing car
seat until they weigh at least 18 kg (40 lbs).
• Refer to the forward-facing checklist on the back of
this brochure for advice on installation and
harnessing.
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