Car Seat Clinic

Picture of Rear Facing Car Seat

When children travel in a restraint system appropriate to their weight, height and development, and the seat is used correctly, children are 70% less likely to suffer serious injuries and 90% less likely to die in the event of a crash.  Unfortunately, many car seats are not properly secured in a vehicle. But let’s face it. Child seats can be … Read More

Installation Tips for Car Seats

Picture of infant in a car seat

Picks and Pointers from our car seat clinics Based on what we see at our car seat clinics, these are the top picks and pointers to help install your car seat correctly: Read, read, read the car seat installation manual and the child restraint section in your vehicle owner’s manual. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation. We have had several seats with no manual. … Read More

Did you know children’s car seats have an expiry date?

Have you checked the expiry date on your child’s car seat? And why is there an expiry date on car seats? Manufacturers give an expiry or useful life date because over time: frequent use and exposure to sunlight can damage and weaken plastic safe-use labels on the products fade or become hard to read instruction manuals have likely been lost … Read More

Keeping Children Safe and Warm in Their Car Seat

It’s winter. It’s cold. As parents or caregivers, we want to make sure our little ones are warm and safe while travelling in a car seat. At a recent car seat clinic, we noticed that many parents were using “add ons” or “after-market products” with their car seat to keep their little one warm. What do we mean by “add … Read More

Every ride begins with a click

Did You Know? Motor vehicle collisions remain a leading cause of injury-related death in Ontario. Every 11 hours someone in Ontario is killed or injured in a motor vehicle collision who wasn’t wearing their seatbelt. Occupants in motor vehicle collisions are on average, about 30 times more likely to be killed if they are not wearing their seatbelt. In 2010, … Read More

Booster Seats

Make Every Ride a Safe Ride! Booster Seats:  Unsure of when your child can switch from a forward facing car seat to a booster seat? To a regular seat belt? A booster seat raises a child so the adult seat belt is properly positioned over the child’s body. To use a booster seat, a child must be over 40 lbs … Read More

Forward Facing Car Seats

Make Every Ride a Safe Ride! 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, … Read More

Rear Facing Car Seats

Make Every Ride a Safe Ride! Rear Facing Car Seats: Make sure your baby is safe on the ride home from the hospital and every ride in a vehicle. Babies don’t have the back and neck strength to support themselves facing forward in a car seat. The rear facing position is safer because in a crash the force will be spread across … Read More