Ottawa, Ontario – More Canadian parents are using child and booster seats appropriately, according to a new survey. However, the survey also found that some parents and caregivers do not restrain their children at all or are not using child seats correctly.

The survey, 2010 Canadian National Survey on Child Restraint Use, was released by Transport Canada and the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence. It was conducted to determine whether children are being properly restrained when travelling in vehicles.

As part of the study, AUTO21 researchers observed a total of 7,307 vehicles across Canada, with 9,772 child passengers. They found that 95.8 per cent were restrained, including 94.9 per cent of children aged four to eight years, and 95.6 per cent of those aged nine to 14 years.

Overall, the survey found that parents generally move their children from rear-facing to forward-facing seats when appropriate, and that 91.4 per cent of the population uses some type of child restraint in a moving vehicle. However, the researchers estimate that child safety seats are only used correctly 64 per cent of the time.

Transport Canada and AUTO21 reminds parents to:

– use the appropriate car seat for their children when travelling in a vehicle.

– learn when it is appropriate to move children from rear-facing to forward-facing seats.

– be aware that it is safer to keep children in rear-facing seats so long as they don’t exceed the height and weight recommendations for that seat, which allows them to become strong enough to better resist injury during a collision.

– read the owner’s manual to ensure children fit properly within the recommended weight and height range for each specific car seat.

For more information on safe travel with children in vehicles, visit Road Safety or call 1-800-333-0371.

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