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Child Safety Seats

Properly installed child safety seats save lives.

It has been proven that using a child safety seat properly can reduce the chances of a child being killed or injured by 75%.

In Ontario, it is legislated that all children up to eight years old, children weighing less than 80lbs. (36 kgs.) and/or children less than 4'9" (145 cm.) in height must be secured in a child safety seat. Some exemptions apply with taxis and vehicles transporting for hire.

A recent survey by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation revealed that 90% of child safety seats are not properly installed. Earlier this year, a child seat inspection blitz in Milton found that of the 123 child safety seats examined, 86 were improperly installed - a 70% failure rate.

In order to properly restrain a child, two things have to happen:

1. The child must be secured properly in a child safety seat

2. The child safety seat must be properly installed in the vehicle

For your convenience, a series of external links to websites with additional information on child passenger safety is available in the right navigation bar.

Community Resources:

Oakville:
The Co-operators


Phone: 905-845-2865

Oakville residents, call this number and book an appointment.

Burlington:
St. John Ambulance Burlington Branch Car Seat Safety Division

Phone: 905-634-6665

The Burlington brigade hosts clinics weekly or bi-weekly depending on the season. An additional community clinic may be offered occasionally at a daycare, business or store. Coalition partners will be informed of clinics open to the public.

Milton:
Milton Fire Department

Phone:
905-878-9251

Milton residents may telephone the administration number listed above for Milton Fire. Appointments are made for the next available monthly Thursday evening clinic at Central Station on Steeles Avenue in Milton.

Halton Hills:
Halton Hills Fire Department

Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2115

Halton Hill residents may call the above number to make arrangements to have a car seat checked. Appointments will be at the earliest, mutually agreeable time.

Georgetown:
The Co-operators Insurance


Phone: 905-877-0131

Residents may call and make arrangements to have a car seat checked. Appointments will be at an earliest, mutually convenient time.

For more information about child safety seats, please see the Halton Region website.

Useful Links:

Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Halton Partners for Car Seat Safety

Child Safety Seat Installation Videos