Behaviours – Child Safety Seats

Did You Know?

One out of two children are improperly restrained and unsafe in the car. Each year in Québec, around 1,150 passengers aged 9 or younger are killed or injured in traffic accidents.

Yet…

When used correctly, child safety seats can reduce the probability of death or serious injury by up to 70%.

Numbers to think about

  • 83.3% of children under 5 years of age are in a seat that is adapted to their weight and heigh, according to a survey we conducted in 2011.
  • However, among these, seats are used correctly, meaning that the child safety seat is properly anchored on the vehicle's seat and the child is properly restrained, in only 61.6% of cases.
  • This means that one out of two children are improperly restrained and unsafe in the car. Among them, 0.2% are not restrained in either a child safety seat or with a seat belt, and are sometimes even seated on a parent's lap or standing on the back seat.

When a vehicle hits an obstacle at 50 km/h, an 18-kg child becomes a 360-kg projectile

  • A person or an object's weight is multiplied by 20 at the moment of impact.
  • The child could then be thrown against the front seat, the dashboard, the windshield, another passenger or even ejected from the vehicle.
Useful information

Do you only have a short way to go?

Put your child in the car seat anyway, just as if you were going on a trip! Many accidents occur near the home, and more than half occur in zones with a speed limit of 50 km/h or less.

2-in-1 and 3-in-1 convertible car seats

There are two types of 2-in-1- seats

  • Seats that convert from an infant seat to a child seat
  • Seats that convert from a child seat to a booster seat

3-in-1 seats that grow with your child

These seats are first used as infants seats, then as child seats and finally, as booster seats.