Forward Facing Car Seats

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Forward Facing Car Seats: Unsure of when your infant can switch from a rear facing to a forward facing car seat?  Having trouble installing your car seat? 

To turn forward facing, infants need to be:

1 year of age AND 22 lbs (10 kg) AND walking independently

Even if your child meets these criteria, your child is safer in a rear-facing car seat as long as he or she is still below the car seat’s weight and height limits and fits in the car seat correctly.

Read more in Transport Canada’s forward facing car seat brochure.

Watch this video from Infant and Toddler Safety Association on how to install and use a forward facing car seat.

For more information visit:
Infant and Toddler Safety Association
Parachute Canada
Transport Canada
Ontario Ministry of Transportation

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit offers monthly car seat clinics. We can help you install your car seat and show you how to use the seat properly. Call 519.352.7270 x 2903 to book an appointment.

Last updated: January 2017

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