Remember This When Buying A Safety Seat

Keeping a child safe inside a vehicle is one of the most basic, yet most complex, responsibilities parents face.

There’s more nuance than simply buying a car seat and strapping them in.

“No one seat is the best, or the safest,” said pediatrician Ben Hoffman, an expert on child safety. “The best seat is the one that fits your child’s size, fits well in your vehicle and can be used properly every time you drive.”

Kids grow out of car seats and restraint systems the same way they do shoes and jeans. But unlike toys and jackets, a child safety seat shouldn’t be a hand-me-down.

Secondhand seats should only be used if they are not expired or recalled, and have all original parts, labels and instructions, Hoffman said.

Below, Transport Canada offers suggestions to keep parents informed and their children safe:

  • Look for the National Safety Mark, a circular graphic with a maple leaf in the middle and “Canada” written at the top. It is proof the device meets Canadian safety standards.
  • Stay current: Register the car or booster seat with the manufacturer so you’ll be informed if there’s ever a recall.
  • Know the local rules. Each province and territory may have its own age, height and weight restrictions. Consult the province’s or territory’s website for more information.