Seatbelts and properly installed car seats for children save lives. Every year in Niagara motorists and their children are needlessly injured because they were not wearing their seatbelts or the car seats were not properly installed.

Currently, any child under 9 kg. (20 lbs.) must be in a properly secured rear-facing car seat and a child between 9 kg. and 18 kg. (20 lbs. to 40 lbs.) must be in a properly secured forward-facing car seat.

Under provincial law children who are between 18 kg. to 36 kg. (40 lbs. to 80 lbs.), less than 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) in height, or under the age of 8 must be in approved booster seats. Once they reach any of these milestones, it is important to ensure that the seatbelt fits them properly before moving them out of a booster seat and into a conventional car seat.

For additional information on appropriate car safety equipment and their proper installation, you can visit the Niagara Region website:

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