Ottawa, Ontario – Canada has announced new regulations for child car seat testing, which the government said are unprecedented and world-leading.

“The government of Canada has introduced stringent new testing standards to ensure children have the best protection possible while travelling on the roads,” said Transport Minister John Baird. “Child car seats sold in Canada should first have rigorous and thorough testing completed by the manufacturer, and Canada is raising the standards with these changes.”

The regulations include:

– introducing a unique Canadian requirement to conduct child car seat tests by using a three-point lap/shoulder belt that has commonly been used in most vehicles for several years;

– aligning Canadian standards with current testing methods to maximize the safety children at each stage of development;

– increasing the weight limits of car seats to allow larger, heavier children to be better protected;

– requiring the use of improved child-sized dummies, adopting new performance criteria and testing a new standard seat assembly; and

– introducing simulated crash requirements for booster cushions, similar to those currently being used to test infant and child restraint systems.

Compliance with the new regulations will be optional until January 1, 2011, when they will become mandatory for all manufacturers.

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