Friday, March 14, 2008

Important tips to keep your child safe and secure…

Photo of child

* Use the right seat for the child's weight and development.
* Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for correct child car seat installation and use.
* Be sure to secure the child correctly. Make sure harness straps are snug and tight. Use a tether strap with a forward-facing child car seat. Keep children away from all active air bags. Children under 13 years of age are safest in the back seat.
* Use caution when buying or using a pre-owned child car seat. Buy new, or from someone you know, and check it carefully. 

Make sure the car seat has:
o instructions and all necessary hardware
o not been in a collision
o a Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) sticker
o not expired or is not older than 10 years
o no discolored (stress) marks or cracks and the harness is not worn or torn.

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