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.
  • 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.

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.