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.
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.
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.