THE LAW IN ALBERTA A child under six years whose weight does not exceed 18 kg (40 lb.) must be properly secured in a child safety seat. All child passengers must be secured in an approved and properly used child safety seat, which is used and installed according to your vehicle and car seat manufacturer's instructions. It is the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that each passenger under the age of 16 years is properly secured in the vehicle. Drivers are subject to a fine for each child not properly secured. Child safety seats used in Canada must have a label on them stating that they meet Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. AIRBAGS AND CHILDREN If your vehicle is equipped with a passenger front-seat air bag with no shut off switch: Never install a rear facing child safety seat in the front seat. Children under the age of 13 should be seated in the back. TIPS Be sure you have a set of instructions for your child safety seat make and model. Check the child safety seat’s instructions to see that all the parts are included and are attached correctly. Do not use padding or blankets that will interfere with internal harness. THINGS YOU MUST KNOW COMMUNITY PARTNERS Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and installing : Using a combination of education, enforcement and awareness, these partners are working together to bring attention to the serious consequences of misuse and non-use of child safety seats. Universal Anchorage System (UAS): UAS is the standardized system that makes installing a safety seat easier. It has two parts; two lower anchors and one top tether in your vehicle and two UAS attachments on the child safety seat and a top tether for the forward facing seats. When the UAS is used a seat belt is not required. UAS equipped seating positions will be identified by the symbol on the right. Check the owner's manual for specific locations and instructions. Locking Clip: A locking clip may be required with older vehicles. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to see if you need one. Tethering: All forward facing child safety seats must be secured by a top tether strap. The tether strap prevents the seat from moving forward in a collision. Refer to the child safety seat instructions and to your vehicle owner's manual, or a vehicle dealership, for information on where and how to install the tether anchor. Tether Anchors: Most newer vehicles are equipped with user ready tether anchors identified by the following symbol. The Alberta Occupant Restraint Program is a provincial traffic safety program delivered by Alberta Health Services and Alberta police services, supported by: Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research Calgary Police Service Edmonton Police Service Government of Alberta Alberta Health Services Royal Canadian Mounted Police Municipal police services St. John Ambulance Transport Canada For more information, contact: Health Link Alberta Calgary: 403-943-LINK (5465) Edmonton: 780-408-LINK (5465) Toll Free: 1-866-408-5465 in Alberta Alberta Transportation Tel: 780-427-8901 Toll Free: 310-0000 in Alberta or visit saferoads.alberta.ca Visit albertaseatbelts.ca or boosterseats.ca For information on public notices and recalls, visit Transport Canada’s website at www.tc.gc.ca Check expiry date of child seat. Purchasing a second-hand child safety seat is not recommended. February 2013 child safety seats Your guide for information and proper use for: Rear Facing Seats Forward Facing Seats Combination Seats Booster Seats Child safety seats, used correctly, save lives. Children improperly restrained in a motor vehicle are at risk. Please protect your child by following the law. REAR FACING FORWARD FACING COMBINATION BOOSTER SEAT Range: birth to 16 kg (birth to 35 lb. plus) Range: 10 kg to 18 kg (22 lb. to 40 lb. plus) Range: 10 kg to 18 kg plus (22 lb. to 40 lb. plus) Range: 18 kg plus (40 lb. plus) A rear facing child safety seat is used correctly if: A forward facing child safety seat is used correctly if: It is facing the rear of the vehicle. It is facing forward and in the upright position. Vehicle seat belt or Universal Anchorage System (UAS) is routed correctly. Vehicle seat belt or UAS is routed correctly through the proper guides in the back of the child safety seat. It is not used in a position where there is a passenger front-seat air bag. Locking clip is used correctly when required. Locking clip is used correctly when required. Tether strap is hooked to the proper tether anchor located in the vehicle. Chest clip is level with the child's armpits. Chest clip is level with the child's armpits. Internal harness is used according to the manufacturer's instructions. Internal harness is used according to the manufacturer's instructions. Internal harness should be even or slightly above the child’s shoulder. Internal harness should be even or slightly below the height of the child's shoulder. Internal harness is snug. One finger should fit between the child's collar bone and internal harness. Internal harness is snug. One finger should fit between the child's collar bone and internal harness. Internal harness should be routed according to the manufacturer's instructions. The combination of a forward facing child safety seat and a booster seat offers a wide weight range of 10 kg to over 18 kg (22 lb. to 40 lb. plus). This system includes a five point harness and tether. The internal harness should be even or above the height of the child's shoulders. When a child reaches 18 kg (40 lb.), you can remove the internal harness system and use the seat as a high back booster seat, as instructed by the manufacturer. The Government of Alberta recommends that once a child graduates from a child seat that the child be in a booster seat until they turn nine or reach a weight of 37 kilograms (80 lb.) or 145 cm (4’9”) in height. If you choose the vehicle seat belt system, make sure it is worn the way it is designed to be used. The shoulder belt must be in front of the child, never behind the child or under the arm. The lap belt must be low over the hips. Booster Seats Belt Positioning Booster Seats help position the seat belt properly on a child's body. The shoulder belt should lie across the middle of the child's chest and the lap portion of the belt should touch the hips. A high back booster seat is used correctly if: It is used only with a lap/shoulder belt.
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