. A rear-facing convertible car seat is appropriate for newborns to 1-year-old children between 5 and 30 pounds. This can be converted to a forward-facing seat for toddlers under 46" tall between 20 and 40 pounds.
. Use a belted booster seat for children under 50" tall and between 22 and 40 pounds, such as the Eddie Bauer 5-point high back booster seat available at Canadian Tire.
. A belt-positioning booster seat should be used for children under 57" tall, between 40 and 80 pounds and under 8 years old.
. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for correct car seat installation and use.
. Be sure to secure your child correctly. Make sure the harness straps are tight. Use a tether strap with a forward-facing car seat.
. Keep children's seats away from active air bags.
. Children 13 years of age and under are safest in the back seat.
. Ensure the car seat you purchase has instructions and all necessary hardware.
. Also make sure that is has a Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) sticker which has not expired or is not more than 10 years old.
. Visit a store like Canadian Tire to get more information on child car seats.
It's important to always check your provincial regulations to determine the age, weight and height requirements for the usage of a child safety seat. Remember, the law requires drivers to transport young children in a child safety seat.