Our children are the future. They are a priceless resource of innocence, hope and joy, so we must do everything we can to protect them in everyday life.
Health Canada reports that car crashes are the number one cause of death for children aged one to nine. A correctly used child restraint will reduce the likelihood of a child being injured or killed in a crash by 75%. In fact booster seats reduce the chance of injury 59% better than seat belts alone.
With these startling numbers in mind, the Ministry of Transportation has implemented legislation that makes the use of booster seats mandatory for children who have outgrown a car seat, but are still too small for a regular seat belt. This legislation came into effect on September 1, 2005.
Peel Public Health has created this Car Seat safety website to help you make the right choices for your children. The information in these pages could save your child’s life so please take the time to find out how to make them safe!