September 7, 2005

Transport Canada issues child seat reminder

Ottawa, Ontario – With the beginning of the school year, Transport Canada again reminds Canadians to use appropriate child car seats when driving with children. Parents should be aware of which child restraint systems are appropriate for each child’s age and weight.

Transport Canada has a four-stage safety program called Car Time, which helps parents understand the various systems needed. They are:

  • Stage 1 – A rear-facing infant seat that protects children who cannot sit unassisted, generally children less than one year old.

  • Stage 2 – A forward-facing child car seat for children too small for an adult belt, which is generally children one to four-and-a-half years old.
  • Stage 3 – A booster seat to correctly position the adult belt on a child’s body, generally children four-and-a-half to eight years old.
  • Stage 4 – An adult belt in the rear seat of the vehicle, generally children eight to thirteen years old.

The Car Time publication is available at Transport Canada’s Road Safety Web site at, or by calling 1-800-333-0371.

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