Toronto, Ontario – On Canada Day, July 1, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador will become the latest provinces to enact mandatory booster seat legislation.
“Laws making booster seats mandatory for children who have outgrown their car seats, but are too small for seatbelts alone, will prevent injuries and save lives,” said Pamela Fuselli, executive director of Safe Kids Canada. Research shows that booster seats provide 60 per cent more protection than seatbelts alone for children approximately four to nine years old. “We know the majority of these children are riding in adult seatbelts even though they don’t fit safely,” Fuselli said. “This puts children at risk for serious injuries to the spine and internal organs.”
Booster seat legislation is already in effect in Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. While legislation varies somewhat between provinces, in general, the law requires booster seats for children who are 18 to 36 kg (40 to 80 lbs) and/or at least nine years old and/or at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Parents should check with their provinces for exact regulations.
Safe Kids Canada and its sponsor, the Hudson’s Bay Company, will offer booster seat fitting check-ups at select Zellers stores in B.C. and Newfoundland and Labrador, as part of its Kids That Click program. For more information, or to order a free educational DVD which demonstrates how to use car and booster seats safely, visit SafeKidsCanada.ca.