Ottawa, Ontario – The federal government is proposing regulatory amendments that would allow built-in child seats and built-in booster seats for use by larger and older children.

“Research on child safety tells us that kids are safer when they use child restraints for as long as possible before graduating to using only seatbelts,” said Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “So today, in the interest of safety, our government is proposing amendments to increase the size limits of integrated child restraints so our children can use them longer.”

The proposed amendment would align the requirements for built-in child restraints with those of recently proposed and strengthened amendments for removable child restraints. The amendment also includes measures to address several comments received from the regulations scrutiny committee, such as the number of child seat anchors required per vehicle type including all possible vehicle combinations.

The new amendment also closely aligns the Canadian requirements with those of the United States, and includes the use of advanced test dummies and updated testing performance criteria.

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