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Choosing and Using Child Safety Seats
Using a child safety. Seat correctly every time you travel could save your child's life. And it's not only a fact ... it's the law.
Cuddling can kill

One of the most dangerous ways for a baby or smell child to ride in a vehicle is. On your lap. Even at slow speeds, in a sudden stop, a child can be thrown forward with a force many times His or her body weight. And studies show that there is no way you can hold onto such a weight even while wearing your own seat belt.

Some people, who were also unbelted, have even crushed their child against the dashboard when they were thrown forward. These are tragic things to think about, but you should be aware of the risks you are taking if everyone in the vehicle is not buckled up.

Why Safety seats work
A child safety seat, when correctly installed and used, prevents a child from being thrown around inside the vehicle or thrown outside through the windshield, a window or door.. And children securely fastened into safety seats often escape serious crashes unharmed. You never know when a crash might happen. So it's important for your child to use a safety seat on every trip, no matter how short or long.
Choosing a Child Safety seat

Stores sell a wide variety of child safety seats so it's wise to shop around.
If you buy a used safety seat, make sure that the manufacturer has not issued, a public notice regarding a safety or design problem. Check with the manufacturer or the organizations listed in this brochure to ensure a used seat is safe. Also check used seats for damage or missing parts.

Make sure you get a copy of the instructions so you know how, to install and use, it correctly. Never use a car seat that has been damaged in a collision.

There are two types of child safety seats: infant seats just for babies (under 9 kg or 20 lbs), and convertible seats which can be used for both newborns and small children until about age four. All child safety seats sold in Canada must have a label indicating weight restrictions and that the seat meets strict Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS). Look for one of these symbols on the label CMVSS.213.3, or 213, 213.1, 213.2, 213.3, or 213.4 to be sure.

It is against the law to use one that does not meet Canadian standards.
Some things to consider
  • All vehicles are different.. The safety seat you choose must fit firmly and securely on your vehicle seat.
  • Check the width and length of its base and be sure the seat belts fits through the appropriate places and fastens securely.
  • It's a good idea to check the harness straps to see whether they're. Long enough for continued use as your child grows, and remember to allow for bulky clothing such as snowsuits. Test the buckles to be sure they can be fastened properly and easily.
  • Your child's comfort is important. Let your child try out the seat before buying it. Look at the seat cover material, consider the space and freedom for arm movements. Think about how comfortable your child would be while sleeping in the seat.
  • Be sure the instructions and tether strap. (Bolt and strap which. Attaches the seat to the inside of the vehicle) are included.

Remember: You're more likely to use a safety seat that's comfortable and easy to use.

Securing the child safety seat

Before you install I your safety seat, read the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Each design and make has different instructions. , First, adjust the harness straps to fit tightly against your child's body. Check that all straps are back threaded through the buckles to prevent slippage. Check the instructions to be sure the straps are threaded properly. If any of the straps are twisted, take time to straighten them.
The straps spread the force of a crash against the strongest parts of the child's body (the shoulders and hips) and prevent unnecessary movement. They also hold your child snugly and securely inside the seat.

Shorten the crotch strap so the lap portion of the harness or arm rest is pulled low across the hips. The plastic "retainer" or clip is also part of the harness system. It lies across your child's chest to prevent the straps from slipping off the shoulders. It should always be fastened and placed at armpit level.
This is important for your child's safety. Push the safety seat well down and back into the upholstery of the vehicle seat before tightly fastening the
seat belt around or through the seat (see manufacturer's instructions).

This way you can reduce the slack and movement of the seat. If your child safety seat is not fastened firmly to the vehicle seat by the seat belt, it will not provide the level of protection for which it was designed to protect your child

On some seat belts (often those with both a lap and shoulder portion), the tongue moves freely along the belt. If you are using this type of belt to anchor a child safety seat, the sliding tongue should be secured by a metal locking clip (see illustration) which is available from safety seat manufacturers and retailers. .

The safest position for your child to travel is in the middle of the back seat, away from the impact of a crash.
Children 12 years and under, because of their active nature and small size, are at particular risk of injury where there is an active air bag.
Never place a rear facing child seat where there is an active air bag.

Where there is an active air bag in the vehicle and it is not possible to put your children in the back seat, the vehicle owner/lessee may be eligible to apply through Transport Canada to have a deactivation switch installed on the vehicle.

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