Canadians fail to use booster seats for older kids
New study reveals parents not vigilant enough about car safety
Only 30 per cent of Canadian families are using booster seats for their children as long as they should be, according to a recent poll by Transport Canada. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for Canadian children under the age 14, yet many families don’t realize that a child who has not reached the height of 4 ft 9 inches (approximately age 10) should be using a booster seat so the car’s seat belt is correctly positioned. Many Canadian provinces, including Quebec, have already jumped on the bandwagon by deeming booster seats mandatory for children under the age of 10. The booster seat lifts the child so the seat belt fits correctly. There are also two different types of booster seats, a high back one which provides head and neck protection and a no back which is used in cars that have adjustable head restraints. For more information, visit www.safekidscanada.ca, where you can learn about proper installation and use of different types of car/booster seats.