August 31, 2005
Toronto, Ontario – The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario has passed a new law regarding child booster seats, which comes into effect tomorrow, September 1.
The new law makes it mandatory for anyone transporting children to make sure they are properly secured in an infant seat, child seat or booster seat.
The biggest change to the September 1 law is the booster seat requirement. These will now be required for children under the age of eight, or weighing more than 18 kg (40 lbs) but less than 36 kg (80 lbs), or who stand less than 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall.
A child can start using a seatbelt alone once he or she turns eight years old, or weighs 36 kg (80 lbs), or is 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall.
Drivers who do not use booster or child seats, or have them improperly installed, will face a fine of $110 and two demerit points. For more information on car seat clinics and installation tips, visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/carseat/choose.htm.
In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has proposed new safety requirements for manufacturers of booster seats, which would require the seats to protect a child up to ten years of age and 36 kg (80 lbs) in a 30 mph (48 km/h) from death or serious injury. It would also require the seats be tested with a new type of crash-test dummy that weighs 80 lbs, as opposed to the current standard dummy that weighs 65 lbs (29 kg).