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Using a child car seat correctly means you’re taking one of the best steps to protect your child in a crash.

Buying

  • Check the expiry date before you buy. Most seats are stamped with the expiry date on the back or bottom of the seat. If you can't find the date, contact the car seat manufacturer or see Transport Canada’s dedicated page.
  • Buy your car seat in Canada to ensure it meets Canada's Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Look for the National Safety mark!
  • Check if the car seat has been recalled on Transport Canada's website at tc.gc.ca.
  • Follow the installation instructions the manufacturer provides with your car seat.
  • Child car seats and booster seats are exempt from provincial sales tax.

Installing

The Universal Anchorage System (UAS) is a standardized system that can make installing child seats easier. All Canadian infant and child car seats manufactured on or after Sept. 1, 2002 have two connectors that attach to the vehicle's anchorage bars. (You can still use these child seats with the seatbelt if you have an older vehicle that does not have lower universal anchorage bars.)

Some vehicles also have the centre seat fitted with UAS anchor bars. In a van that has more than two rows of seats there will be two locations for the UAS, one of which will be in the second row of seats.

Look for this symbol on the infant and child seats as well as on the vehicle seats. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to find out where your UAS anchors are located.

When the UAS is used, a seatbelt is not required. A top tether strap must be used on all forward facing child seats, regardless of whether it is secured by a UAS or a seatbelt.

Stages

Car seats are designed to meet the safety needs of where your child is in their development. If you’re unsure if your child needs a rear-facing, forward-facing or booster seat, visit our ‘child car seat stages’ page.

Replacing

Replace any car seat that was involved in a moderate or serious collision. The impact can cause damage to the seat, whether it was occupied or not. The seat may not provide adequate protection in a future collision.

If your car or booster seat has been involved in a collision, follow these steps.

Customers can safely dispose of an expired car or booster seat that hasn’t been involved in a collision at the following locations:

  • In Winnipeg, visit the Physical Damage Compound, located at 1981 Plessis Road, Building C, Security.
  • Outside Winnipeg, visit your nearest MPI Service Centre.

Inspections

Car seats have become safer and easier to install, due to improved technology of both car-seat and vehicle design. If you are still uncertain about the installation of your seat, free drop-in inspections are currently offered by technicians certified by St. John’s Ambulance at the following fire stations in Brandon, Dauphin, Lac du Bonnet and Portage la Prairie:

Brandon

Child car seat inspections are offered as a drop-in service through the Brandon Fire Department.

  • 120 - 19th Street North
  • 1301 – 13th Street

Dauphin

Child car seat inspections are offered by appointment (1-204-622-3100) through the Dauphin Fire Department.

  • 121 – 2nd Street N.W.

Lac du Bonnet

Child car seat inspections are offered by appointment through the Lac du Bonnet Fire Department. To set up an appointment, please email ldbcarseatinspection@gmail.com and include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. Someone will contact you within 48 hours to set up an appointment.

Portage la Prairie

Child car seat inspections are offered by appointment (204-239-8340) or drop-in through the Portage la Prairie Fire Department.

  • 124 3rd Street N.E.

For more information please contact the Road Safety Programming department:

In Winnipeg: 204-985-8737
Outside Winnipeg: 1-888-767-7640