In British Columbia, drivers must ensure that all children under the age of 16 are correctly restrained when in a vehicle.
The type of child car seat you should use depends on the age, height and weight of your child.
Birth to at least one year and 9 kg (20 lbs)
You must use a rear-facing child car seat until your child is at least one year of age and 9 kg (20 lbs).
There’s no rush to move your child to a forward-facing child car seat — these guidelines are the minimum requirements. Your child can stay rear-facing, as long as his or her weight is within your child car seat’s stated limit.
A rear-facing child car seat is the safest option for your child, as it provides better support for your baby or toddler’s head and neck.
Over one year AND 9 kg to 18 kg (20 to 40 lbs)
Use a rear or forward-facing child car seat depending on your child’s weight. Keep your child rear-facing for as long as possible within the manufacturer’s rear-facing weight limit.
Over 18 kg (40 lbs) until 9 years old OR 145 cm. (4’9”) in height
Use a booster seat until your child is at least nine years old or 145 cm (4’9″) tall. Your child may remain in a forward-facing child car seat if the manufacturer’s forward-facing weight limit allows.
After 9 years old or 145 cm (4’9”) tall
At this stage, you can use the seat belt system.. Always make sure the seatbelt is properly adjusted over the child’s shoulder and across the chest.
If you have questions, call BCAA Child Seat Information Line at 1-877-247-5551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit Transport Canada.This article was published on Monday 04 July, 2016.