Behaviours – Child Safety Seats

Did You Know?

One out of two children are improperly restrained and unsafe in cars. Each year in Québec, around 1,000 passengers aged 9 or younger are injured or killed 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

  • 86.4% of children under 5 years of age are secured in a seat that is adapted to their weight and height, according to a survey we conducted in 2015.
  • However, when children are secured in a seat that is adapted to their weight and height, in only 50.1% of cases are those seats actually used correctly (in other words, the child safety seat is properly anchored on the vehicle's seat and the child is properly restrained).
  • This means that one out of two children are improperly restrained and unsafe in cars.

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 may 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.