Children (10-36 kg. or 40-80 lb.) - Booster Seats
Ontario law requires the use of booster seats for children who have outgrown a child car seat but are too small for a regular seat belt. Booster seats are required for children under the age of eight, weighing 18 kg or more but less than 36 kg (40-80 lb.) and who stand less than 145 cm (4 feet-9 inches) tall.
Your child can start using a seatbelt alone once any one of the following criteria is met:
- Your child turns 8 years old
- Your child weighs 36 kg (80 lb.)
- Your child is 145 cm (4 feet-9 inches) tall.
*Please note: the above are guidelines and are the law. However, some children that are 8 years old may still be tiny and fall below the 80 lb or 145 cm height. These children will still be safer when utilizing booster seats. Booster seats protect against serious injury 3 ½ times better than seatbelts alone.
Installation and use of a Booster Seat: With all booster seats it is necessary to use a lap and shoulder belt combination. Your child's head must be supported by either the top of the booster, the vehicle seat or the vehicle headrest. The shoulder belt must be across the child's chest (not the head or neck). The lap belt must be across your child's hips and not the stomach. Never use seatbelt adjusters.
Confusing? Booster seat installation can be confusing and the law surrounding booster seat installation in Ontario requires proper installation of booster seats. For more information please call Barry to book an appointment at 905-864-9144.