Stage 2 Forward-facing Car Seats - Region of Waterloo Public Health

Stage 2
Forward-facing
Car Seats
Stage 2 – Forward-facing
Children often push to move to booster seats, but remember
that your child is safest in a forward-facing car seat with a
5-point harness until they have outgrown the forward-facing
height or weight limits of their car seat.
Infant/Child Seat
(convertible)
• Read the car seat and vehicle owner manuals for details
on how to use and install the seat
• Look for the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards (CMVSS) symbol on the seat
• Do not rush your child out of a rear-facing
car seat
Combination Seat
(2 in 1)
Infant/Child/Booster Seat
(3-stage or 3 in 1)
Height: up to 52 in. (130 cm)*
Weight: up to 65 lb. (30 kg)*
Use – forward-facing:
• When your child is over 1 year-of-age and is at least 22 lb. (10 kg) and can walk unassisted, the seat can be used
forward-facing
• Do not rush your child into a forward-facing car seat—your child is safest in a rear-facing car seat until they outgrow
the rear-facing height or weight limits of the seat
• Make sure you are using the forward-facing pathway for the seatbelt or UAS**
• Now the harness must be at or above your child’s shoulders
• Your child has outgrown the car seat if they are above the height or weight limit or if the top of their ears are above
the back of the car seat
• Your child is safer using a car seat with a 5-point harness until they are over the forward facing weight or height
limits of the seat—do not rush your child into a booster seat
• Seat all children in the back seat
• Never put a child in front of an active air bag
* height and weight limits will depend on the brand of car seat used
**Universal Anchorage System (alternative to seat belt; UAS strap on all current car seats and anchor
on all cars manufactured after September 1, 2002)
Region of Waterloo Public Health
Injury Prevention
519-883-2004
www.regionofwaterloo.ca/ph
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