Are You Aware of the Laws Regarding Child Car Seats in Ontario?
The other day I was walking through a mall parking lot and a lady turned the corner in her car to come down my aisle. Because I had a uniform on, I suspect she thought I was an officer or something.
As she passed beside me I noticed she was leaning over the passenger side of her front seat pushing something down onto the floor. Believe it or not she was shoving a toddler down low so I couldn't see it! No car seat at all, and the child in the front seat with her! Totally shocking!
In this case the mom knew what she was doing was wrong. In my travels I have met many parents who don't know what the law states. so I felt I needed to refresh my readers on what you need to know about Ontario child car seat laws.
- Any driver of a vehicle is responsibe to ensure that all children under the age of 16 years of age is safely and securely seat belted in the vehicle.
- A child must be rear facing in their carrier/ car seat until one year of age AND 20 lbs. This not an either/or option. Many parents are unclear about this.
- Once you place your child forward facing the tether strap that comes with the child seat MUST be anchored to the tether anchor provided in your vehicle. These tether anchors are found in various locations. Check your vehicle user guide to see where yours might be. The tether anchor holds the car seat from shooting forward in a collision. Are your seats correctly anchored?
- Your child must be in a five-pont harness until 40 lbs and then they can move into a booster seat.
- A child must stay in a booster seat from 40 lbs to 80 lbs, 8 years of age or 4"9" tall, whichever applies first.
Following the laws of Ontario will help to ensure your child stays safe and "snug as a bug".