Here at Great West Chrysler, we get a lot of questions from our customers about safety, especially when it comes to the little ones. When can a child sit in the front seat? Is there a difference between Alberta car seat laws and Canada car seat laws? Not only we’ll we answer some of your questions and concerns, but we also have some other great tips to make sure your kids stay safe while you’re on the road.
Keep them in the back seat
” The safest thing you can do for your children is to always have them sit in the back seat. While some parents think that graduating from a booster seat to a regular one makes it okay to sit in the front, that’s far from the case. Transport Canada insists that all children under the age of 12 should always ride in the back, due to the higher risk of injury from the airbags activating.
Choose the right car seat
Alberta car seat laws don’t currently regulate children who outgrew their child booster seat. However, it’s recommended that children under the age of 6, or who weight less than 18kg, should use a car seat. In terms of choosing the right car seat, there are three stages of car seats throughout your child’s growth:
- Rear-facing seat: an infant seat with a detachable base or convertible seat. Best for newborns and premature babies
- Forward-facing seat: these child car seats have a built-in harness made to keep your child safe throughout the journey. Recommended for children who’ve outgrown their rear-facing seat and weigh less than 10 kg (22 lbs).
- Booster seat: For younger children who’ve outgrown their forward-facing seats, a booster seat is the best option. Booster seats are recommended for children that weigh at least 18kg (40 lbs).
So when is it safe for your child to ride without a car seat? We’d say when your child can sit comfortably and securely with the seatbelt properly adjusted, or when your child has outgrown their booster seats.
Secure your cargo
If you’re travelling with heavy/large luggage or cargo, make sure you don’t have objects stacked on top of one another against the rear seats. This is to prevent falling or loose objects from injuring your child. In this case, it’s best to have cargo anchors ready to properly secure your belongings.
Other Safety Tips
- Stay focused: Learn to tune out any noises or distractions coming from the back seat.
- Never text & drive: Always pay attention while on the road
- Plan for the weather: Make sure your little ones are equipped for the extreme heat or cold, by ensuring both the air conditioning and heating in your vehicle works properly
- Never leave your children alone in your car: No matter the time, day, or weather, always bring your children with you when exiting the vehicle.
Have other questions about child safety? Make sure to let us at Great West Chrysler know!