Suggestions/Recommendations of good practice regarding your Infant/Child/Booster Seat Restraint System.
Practice keeping a clean vehicle and avoid any items that could become projectiles in the vehicle in the event of a collision. Examples include but are not limited to: Kleenex boxes, toys, tools, window shades, etc……. (Any items that area loose in the vehicle and may start moving around during a collision should be avoided, as they can present very serious hazards).
Most infant restraint systems go up to (between) 22 and 30lbs. We recommend that the parent keeps their child rear facing until the maximum weight indicated on the infant child’s restraint system. Most Infant Child Restraint Systems (CRS) come with a canopy and carrying handle. We recommend that the handle be placed at the back, on the lowest level possible and the canopy folded back. Some manufacturers will recommend otherwise and you should follow their guidelines.
Rear Facing - I/C, I/C/B
WHEN THE CRS IS REAR FACING, THERE SHOULD BE MINIMUM OF 1 INCH GAP BETWEEN THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT AND THE CRS WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO PASS YOUR HAND FREELY BETWEEN THE TWO SEATS.
Forward Facing - I/C/B, C/B
We recommend, once the child has reached 2 years of age, minimum of 22lbs and is able to walk unassisted, they may go forward facing. They will remain in this position until they have outgrown their child seat where the child no longer fits in the harness system, the child is minimum 40LBS and shorter that 4’ 9’’.
Please note that all forward facing children’s seats must be attached to a tether anchor in order to limit the horizontal movement at the head of the Children’s Restraint System.
Once the child has reached 80LBS, and is over 4’ 9’’, they may graduate to a Seatbelt position providing the seatbelt sits at the correct spot across the child’s chest.
With the cold weather, parents are tempted to put more clothing on children. This practice is not recommended because the extra clothing increases the gap between the CRS Harness and the child’s torso thus compromising safety and effectiveness of the harness system.
* Please note that the above information is a RECOMMENDATION ONLY and is NOT MANDATORY. We advise you follow these RECOMMENDATIONS in addition to referring back to you vehicle and CRS owner’s manual for further details. *
Anyone seeking assistance with a child car seat should:
- Read both their vehicle manual and the car seat's manual.
- Contact their car seat manufacturer for help troubleshooting. The manufacturer's number can be found in their manual or on the internet.
- Most car seat manufacturers offer car seat installation videos online. The Ministry of Ontario also has car seat installation videos click here
- For more information or support, contact Health Connections at (905) 546-3550
You may also refer to the following websites for more information:
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