Children are not one-size-fits-all, and neither are their booster seats. To find the best fit for your child, refer to the manufacturer’s sizing instructions for height and weight restrictions before buckling them in.
Booster seats are mandatory for children under 7 years of age, less than 145 cm (4’9”) in height and 36 kg (80 lb.) in weight.
Guidelines to follow
- seat faces forward
- lap belt snug over hips
- shoulder belt snug across middle of shoulder and chest
- middle of child's ear should not be above the back of the booster seat or vehicle seat
There are 3 types of booster seats sold in Canada:
- High-back booster seats provide head and neck support in a vehicle without head rests. Must be used with a lap/shoulder seatbelt assembly.
- No-back booster seats are designed for vehicles with adjustable head rests. Must be used with a lap/shoulder seatbelt assembly.
- 3-in-1 combination seats, or 2-in-1 seats adapt as your child grows. They start as a car seat, then convert to a booster seat with harness straps removed. Also must be used with a lap/shoulder seatbelt assembly.
Car seat installation can be complicated. Attempting to do it yourself can teach you a lot. Once you've installed your car seat you can have it checked by a trained technician to see if you've done it properly. You can visit a scheduled car seat clinic in your area or locate a car seat technician to book an appointment.
Child car seat campaigns
Booster Bear is our friendly, animated bear who encourages children to use a booster seat and helps parents ensure they get the right fit.
1-800-667-8015 ext. 6042