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Table of Contents

· What happens to the occupants of a vehicle when a collision occurs?
· Why use a child safety seat?
· Purchasing a New Infant Seat
· Purchasing or Borrowing a Used Infant Seat
· Moving Up To a Bigger Car Seat
· Moving to a forward facing child seat
· Adult Seat Belts are Not For Children!
· Installing Your Child Seat Yourself
· Where is my child safest?
· Adults lead by example

Traffic Services

Child Seat Safety



Moving to a forward facing child seat

***NEVER PLACE AN INFANT/CHILD SEAT OR CHILDREN UNDER 12 IN FRONT OF AN ACTIVE AIRBAG-DOING SO MAY RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY TO YOUR CHILD***

After your child has reached 9 kgs (20 lbs.) they can be turned to forward facing. However because children are still developing we suggest following the St. Johns Ambulance recommendation of leaving the child rear facing as long as possible. Many 3 in 1 seats will allow children up to 13.6 kgs (30-lbs.) rear facing.

In the forward facing position the seat is secured by using the Universal Latch Restraint system (available in newer vehicles only), the vehicle seatbelt assembly and the top tether strap. The tether strap is secured to a tether strap hook installed behind the safety seat. ONLY ONE SEAT SHOULD BE INSTALLED PER TETHER STRAP HOOK. If you need more hooks have them installed by your vehicle manufacturer.

If you have an older model vehicle you may only have pre-drilled holes for the tether strap hook. Check with your car manufacturer to ensure your tether strap hook is installed properly.

3 in 1 child seat installed forward facing with a child in it
3 in 1 CHILD SEAT INSTALLED FORWARD FACING USING TOP TETHER STRAP,UNIVERSAL ANCHORAGE SYSTEM AND 5 POINT SAFETY HARNESS

When the car seat is installed forward facing, a five-point safety harness secures the child. The harness straps must sit at or above your child’s shoulder and the chest clip should sit at nipple height.

When the harness is correctly tightened you should not be able to fit more than one finger under the harness strap at the collarbone.

 

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