Car Seat Safety

Can I buy a used car seat? Can I donate a used car seat?

It is important to understand the potential risks when using a used car seat or booster seat. For example, the seat may be missing important parts, labels or instructions, may be expired, or may have an unknown history that could reduce its safe performance when needed.  Due to these potential risks, the Safe Seats Committee does not recommend the selling, purchasing, loaning, or donating of used car seats.

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If you have any questions about car seats, or upcoming clinic dates, please call the Intake Nurse at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am -€“ 4:30 pm at 519.258.2146 ext. 1350.

Disposing of old/expired/damaged car seats.

To prevent someone from using your old/expired/damaged car seat, please cut the straps of the car seat with a pair of scissors and place on your curb on your garbage collection day.  If the straps are not cut, it is likely that someone will pick up the car seat before the garbage collectors and potentially use it for a child.

Types of car seats required based on height, weight, and age of child.

The chart below shows the weight range of children recommended for all four stages of vehicle restraints based on child seats and booster seats sold in stores today.

Be sure that your child fits the weight and height range of the restraint before you buy it.

Source: Transport Canada (2011). Keep Kids Safe "€œCar Time Stages"€ Downloaded June 22, 2012 from www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/kids


Infants weighing 22 lbs are to travel properly secured in a rearward-facing child safety seat that meets the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS). Please see diagram images A and B for examples of what rearward-facing child safety seats look like.


Toddlers weighing 9 to 18 kg (22-40lbs) are to travel properly secured in a forward-facing child safety seat that complies with CMVSS and must be anchored to the vehicle using the tether strap  (found on the back of the car seat). Please see diagram images B, C, and D for examples of what a forward-facing child safety seat looks like.


Children under the age of eight, who weigh 40-80 lbs, and who stand less than 4ft. 9 ins must travel in a booster seat that meets the CMVSS. Please see diagram images E, F, and G for examples of what booster seats look like.

Seat Belts

A child can start using a seatbelt alone once they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Child turns eight years old
  • Child weighs 80 lbs (36 kg.)
  • Child is 4 ft. 9 ins tall (145 cm)

A Infant seat with base B "3-in-1" convertible seat -€“ infant/ child/booster seat  C Infant/child/booster seat D Child/booster seat E Backless booster seat F High-back booster seat G Combination (child/booster) seat - belt-positioning booster seat mode.

Source of images: http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/car_seat_safety

Safe Seats Save Children Car Seat Clinics 2015 Schedule

This lifesaving program provides free car seat inspection clinics in cooperation with local law enforcement and community service support agencies. Car seat technicians, trained to St. John's Ambulance standards, volunteer their time to assist and educate parents on the importance of installing their child safety restraints correctly.

Clinics are offered free of charge throughout the year rotating through a number of locations across the city and county.

Your voluntary donation  will help us continue to offer this vital community program by helping cover the costs of clinic supplies, materials and training will help us continue. Thank you.

Keeping your child Safe and Secure: Ministry of Transportation car seat safety videos:

Related links:

Windsor-Essex Health Unit Infant & Toddler Safety Association Safe Kids Canada Safety Drives Us Ministry of Transportation

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