Are you coming home from the hospital with your newborn? Or are you travelling with a child aged 2 or a little older? Your child must be seated in the appropriate child safety seat. It's the law.
If you are transporting children in your car, you must ensure their safety by complying with the Highway Safety Code.
As of April 2019, the Highway Safety Code requires that children be secured in a child safety seat that is appropriate for their weight and height until they are 145 cm tall or 9 years old.
We also recommend that all children aged 12 or younger be seated in the back seat of the vehicle.
Your little one must be secured in a rear-facing seat right from birth.
To properly choose and install a rear-facing seat, see the section on choosing and using the right seat at the right time.
Your child can switch to a front-facing seats once he or she weighs more than 10 kg (22 lbs), is at least one year old and can maintain an upright position on his or her own, or ideally once your child reaches the weight or height limits indicated for the rear-facing seat.
To properly choose and install a front-facing seat, see the section on choosing and using the right seat at the right time.
Your child can switch to a booster seat once he or she weighs at least 18 kg (40 lbs), or once your child reaches the weight or height limits indicated for the front-facing seat.
To properly choose and install a booster seat, see the section on choosing and using the right seat at the right time.
As soon as your child uses a booster seat—installed in the back seat—you must secure the seat and your child with the seat belt.
Do you know exactly how the seat belt should be positioned? This is important, because if it is incorrectly positioned, it could cause injuries in the event of an accident.
Find out how to use a seat belt for a child.
Airbags can be dangerous for children if you fail to comply with certain safety rules. See the section on airbags to find out more.
Last update: April 11, 2021