September 19, 2017

New Recommendations for Car Seats and Booster Seats

Kids are heading back to school after summer break, and this means many will be transported back and forth daily in passenger vehicles.  This is a good time to remind parents and care givers of the importance of properly securing children for every trip, at every age.

Earlier this year, Alberta Health Services (AHS) updated its car seat and booster seat recommendations to help parents determine the safest way of transporting their children.

The new recommendations focus on keeping a child in each stage of car seat (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster) as long as possible, until they’ve outgrown the car seat manufacturer’s height or weight limit.

AHS made a significant change regarding rear-facing child seats. The previous recommendation was to keep children rear-facing until they were at least age one, weighed 10 kg (22 lb) and were walking.  The new recommendation is that children remain in rear-facing seats until at least age two or until they reach the car seat’s height or weight limit.

Additional information about child car seat safety can be found on the Transport Canada website.