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Securing your child in the right car seat

By Aviva Canada on

The Centre for Disease Control in the U.S. says that 59% of car seats and 20% of booster seats are used in a way that could reduce their effectiveness.

It was just a few years ago when I was a brand new parent. I still remember the challenge of trying to decide on our first car seat as my wife and I struggled with installing the car seat correctly.

When I first entered into the world of child restraint systems and car seats in vehicles all of the considerations for safety and budget were overwhelming. I didn’t know the difference between a rear facing seat and a forward facing seat. I didn’t know the weight and height requirements for the different types of car seats or the provincial regulations. I remember countless conversations with my wife on our best options.

The safety of your children while travelling in a vehicle is one of the most important aspects of road safety. At Aviva, we want to help you make sure that you and your little loved ones are as safe as they can be.Resources to help inform your child car seat decisions.

We understand the importance of the decisions you have to make around your children’s safety. Below you will find some helpful links to resources that will help inform those decisions.

  • Transport Canada provides a library full of resources to help you make the right car seat decision for your family.
  • Parachute offers some tips on choosing the right car seat.
  • The Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC), provides training on how to install a car seat correctly, and provides a summary of relevant legislation across Canada.
  • Caring for Kids is an organization dedicated to sharing information for parents from pediatricians; they provide some tips on choosing and installing the right car seat.

I hope that these four resources provide you with a better understanding of car seat options (selection and installation), and help ease the stress of keeping your little boy or girl safe on our roads.

However, you go about making your decision, we think the appropriate use of child restraint systems and car seats is of the utmost importance.

Amir Majid, Corporate Responsibility Consultant, Aviva Canada

"Car seat use reduces the risk of injury in a crash by 71-82% for children, when compared with seat belt use alone" - Centre for Disease Control

The content in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as professional or expert advice from Aviva