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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:

The Co-operators

Phone: 905-845-2865

Oakville residents, call this number and book an appointment.

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.

Halton Hills:
Halton Hills Fire Department

Phone: Michael Chorley (Firefighter) 905 873-2601 ext. 2132

The Halton Hills Fire Department has suspended their Car Seat Inspection Program as a Covid-19 Mitigation Measure until further notice.

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