Buying a Car Seat
Car Seats 101: How to buy the right car seat
Types of Car Seats
Infant Car Seats (2 to 20 kg/4 to 45 lbs)
Convertible Car Seats (2 to 18 kg/5 to 40 lbs)
Booster Seats (18 to 45 kg/40 to 100 lbs)
3-in-1 Car Seats (up to 45 kg or 100 lbs.)
Safety Tips for Mom & Dad
- Ensure your child fits the weight and height range of the car seat before purchasing
- Always check the manufacturer’s instructions and your vehicle owner’s manual before installing and using a car seat
- The safest place in a vehicle for a child is the back seat
- Never place a car seat or booster seat in the front passenger side of a vehicle that has an active air bag
- Do not use a rear-facing car seat on the front seat of a vehicle
- Never use an infant car seat as a crib
- Never leave a child unattended in a car seat or in a vehicle
- Never use a car seat that has been involved in an automobile collision
- Frequent use and exposure to sunlight can damage and weaken plastic
Federal & Provincial Regulations
Car Seat Features
3-Point Harness +
This style of harness secures your child across the hips and between the legs.
5-Point Harness +
The 5-point harness secures your child at both left and right shoulders in addition to the hips and between the legs.
Anti-Rebound Bar +
A relatively new feature on car seats, the anti-rebound bar stabilizes the car seat by minimizing rotational forces in the event of skidding, a sudden stop or an accident.
The car seat base allows the seat to be attached and detached without having to uninstall the system.
Built-in Locking Clips +
These clips are used to secure a car seat in older vehicles that do not have UAS (Universal Anchorage System).
The canopy provides shade and protection from the sun.
Chest Clip +
A chest clip serves to help secure the harness shoulder straps in place over the chest at your child’s armpit level.
Energy-Absorbing Foam +
This safety feature offers added protection in the event of an accident.
The handle assists with transporting the car seat in and out of the vehicle.
Harness Adjuster Strap +
This tightens the internal harness of a car seat.
Head rest +
The head rest affords a resting place for your child’s head. Many headrests are filled with EPS foam or special plastic, similar to that used in bicycle helmets and protective gear.
Level Indicator +
This helpful device lets you know when the car seat is installed at the correct angle.
Release Handle +
Another important safety feature: only the release handle will allow the car seat to be removed from the base.
This refers to the body of the car seat and is generally made of molded plastic.
Universal Anchorage System (UAS) or Lower Anchors and Tethers for Chil +
These systems allows the straps from a car seat to be connected to metal anchors located in the vehicle.
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How to Install a Car Seat
Caring for your car seat
- Wipe metal and plastic parts with mild soap and water, and towel dry
- Do not use bleach or abrasive agents
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning removable upholstery
- Brush away loose debris and sponge-clean adjuster lock and straps using warm water and mild soap
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