RCMP highlights Child Passenger Safety

Posted on September 29, 2015

RCMP in Nova Scotia are reminding motorists about the importance of using proper booster seats and restraint systems for their child passengers.

Last week, Nova Scotia RCMP highlighted Child Passenger Safety Week, an initiative that is dedicated to the protection of children in vehicles. This year’s theme focused on the proper use of car seats and restraint systems, which is a topic that is important every day of the year.

“When children are not seated or buckled up properly, the potential for serious injury or even death is much greater when it comes to motor vehicle collisions” says Nova Scotia RCMP Cst. Mark Skinner. “It is important that parents and guardians understand when and how to use these devices.”

In Nova Scotia, the following rules apply to children and car seats:

– Children must ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are a minimum of 22 pounds (10 kg) or until they are 1-year-old.

– Children between 22 pounds (10 kg) and 40 pounds (18 kg) must ride in a car seat, and be securely fastened using the five-point harness.

– Children must ride in a booster seat until they are a minimum of 4 feet, 9 inches (145 cm) tall, or until they are a minimum of 9-years-old.

The RCMP also reminds the public that children should not be left unattended for long periods of time in their car seats, especially when temperatures are very hot or cold.

If you have questions about booster seats, or need clarification on how or when you must use them when you have child passengers in your vehicle, please visit the IWK Child Safety Link website for more information: http://childsafetylink.ca/child-passenger-safety/child-passenger-safety-week/.


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