Road Safety

Important tips about car seats

  • Check the expiry date before purchasing. An expired car seat may not protect your child because over time the plastic may crack, reducing its ability to withstand a crash. 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 (pictured).
  • 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. The best source of information specific to your car seat is from the manufacturer.
  • Child car seats and booster seats are exempt from provincial sales tax.
  • Replace any car seat that was involved in a moderate or serious collision. The impact can cause damage to the seat, if it was occupied or not, and may not provide adequate protection in a future collision. You may choose to replace a car seat if it was involved in a minor collision.
  • If your car or booster seat has been involved in a collision, please follow the steps listed here.
  • 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: Physical Damage Compound, located at 1981 Plessis Road, 1981 Plessis Road, Building C, Security
  • Outside of Winnipeg: Their nearest MPI Service Centre

Provincial law requires placing children in the appropriate car seat until they are at least 145 cm (4' 9"), 36 kg (80 lb.) or nine years old.