Road Safety

Stage 4: Seatbelts

For your child's safety, Manitoba law requires children to remain in booster seats until they are at least 145 cm (4' 9"), 36 kg (80 lb.) or nine years old.

It's important not to rush to using a seatbelt alone because it's not designed for a child - the shoulder strap rides too high and could cause serious injuries.

Check the fit

  • Sitting up straight, the seatbelt should fit across your child's shoulder and chest and sit low across the hips.
  • The middle of your child's ears should not come past the top of the vehicle's head restraint. Adjust the head restraint to ensure your child has adequate head and neck protection in a collision.
  • The bend of your child's knees should be in line with the vehicle seat.
  • Never allow your child to place the shoulder belt under their arm or behind their back as this can cause serious injury.

Seatbelt system

  • If you're using a seat belt to secure your child car seat, find out if a locking clip is needed. A locking clip is needed if the seat belt system does not lock either with the latch plate or seat belt retractor. A locking clip is used only with a lap/shoulder belt system. If a locking clip is needed, place it within one inch of the latch plate. Check your vehicle owner's manual for more information.

How to use a locking clip

Squeeze and feed through first slot.

Squeeze and feed through second slot.

Locking clip lies flat and should look like the photo.