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pling Booster Seats Will be Required by Law
тФ Мапа as of January 1, 2008
Transportation and Who needs a booster seat?
Public Works
Highway Safety Division Children who:
weigh 18 kilograms (40 pounds) or more
* are 9 years of age or less
* are less than 145 centimetres tall (57 inches — 4 feet, 9 inches)
Why does my child need a booster seat?
Children outgrow a typical car seat when they weigh 18 kg (40 Ib.) — usually about 4 years of age.
At this age and weight, children are still too small for lap-shoulder belts to fit properly since the seat belt is
designed to fit an adult body. As a result, children 4 to 9 years of age have a higher rate of injury than younger
What kind of booster seat do I need?
All booster seats sold in Canada must meet Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.2. Booster seats
are safe when used correctly and the safest seat is the one that best fits your child and your vehicle, and is
easiest for you to use.
How can I tell when my child is big enough to use a seat belt without a booster seat?
As of January 1, 2008, a booster seat must be used until all of the factors below are met:
* the child is over 9 years of age (for pelvic development)
* the child's height is at least 145 cm (4 ft., 9 in.) tall
What if my child is too tall for a car seat but doesn't weigh enough for a booster seat?
If your child is too tall for a car seat, but the child's weight is not yet 18 kg (40 Ib.), he or she should go into a
combination seat that can accommodate a taller child. This seat is both a forward-facing car seat and a high-
back booster seat. Since these seats use the taller shell of a high-back booster, some models can accommodate
children who are too tall for an infant/child (convertible) seat, but are not 18 kg (40 Ib.) These forward-facing
car seats use a three or five-point harness system and are tethered.
What if my child is 9 years old and is over 145 cm (4 ft., 9 in.) tall?
In this case, your child has outgrown the booster seat and should be properly positioned in the vehicle using
the regular seat belt assembly ensuring that 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 across the upper thighs, and the shoulder belt is
centred on the shoulder and chest.
What if my child is 9 years of age or under, shorter than the suggested height but over the weight
that is stated on my booster seat?
If your child is at any point over the weight that is clearly posted directly on the booster seat, the child needs
to be moved either to a booster seat with a higher weight capacity or to the regular seat belt assembly of the
What if my neighbour or friend has to drive my child on a “one-time, one-trip” occasion?
For situations that are not of a common occurrence, a child can be secured in the regular seat belt assembly
of a vehicle. This is not for the usual transportation of the child.
What if the child's grandparents or sitter pick up my child from school twice a week, do they need
to have a booster seat for my child?
Yes. For the regular transportation of a child who fits the regulations, a booster seat is required.
Booster seats are in the best interest for the safety of all children!
For additional information, please go to or call 902-368-5214.
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