Child Car Seat Requirements

Just Sayin' by Patti Foley


In Ontario, infants, toddlers and children must be placed in a specific type of child seat based on the weight, height or age of the child.

INFANTS are defined as less than 9 kg (20 lbs.) and must be in a rear facing child seat away from the airbag. It is recommended to use until at least one year old and a minimum of 10 kg (22 lb.) Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for height and weight. Harness slots at or below shoulders and seat is reclined to a 45 degree angle. The child car seat program promotes best practices which includes staying rear facing for as long as possible.

TODDLERS are defined as between 9 to18 kg (20-40lbs). Toddlers must be in forward facing child seats and can still be using a rear facing seat as long as they do not exceed the manufacturer’s height or weight limit…

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