Buckle up! Child car seat safety

A properly installed child car seat is key to keeping children safe when you’re on the road. Understanding how to choose and properly install the right seat can be confusing.

We want to help you choose and install the right car seat to help keep your child safe and secure.

Before you start, make sure you read and understand:

  • the section of your vehicle owner’s manual on installing a child car seat
  • your child car seat user manual
  • the rules in your province or territory on child car seat, booster seat, and seat belt use

Remember, be careful when buying child car seats and booster seats online!

More information on child car seats

Choose a child car seat or booster seat

Learn how to choose the right child car seat based on your child’s age and weight.

Install your child car seat or booster seat

Learn how to securely install a child car seat or booster seat.

The 4 stages of child car seat use

Stage 1: Rear-facing seats

Infants and young children must ride facing backwards.

Stage 2: Forward-facing seats

Children who have outgrown their rear-facing seat and weigh at least 10 kg (22 lbs.) can ride facing forward in a child car seat.

Stage 3: Booster seats

Booster seats are for children who have outgrown their forward-facing seat and weigh at least 18 kg (40 lbs.).

Stage 4: Seat belts

Once a child has outgrown their booster seat, they can use just a seat belt.

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