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January 13, 2012

More on Child Car Seat Safety

Child car seat safety is once again in the news.

As of January 1st, the state of California requires that children use car seats until they are either 8-years-old or 4’9″ tall. The previous requirement was 6 years or 60 pounds.

In BC, the laws are slightly stricter. Kids over 40lbs must use a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt until they are either 9 years old or 4’9″ , whichever comes first. See the RCMP website for all BC child safety seat regulations.

In other car seat news, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Graco Children’s Products. The Claim says that TurboBooster child car seats manufactured before late 2007/early 2008 have a design defect that can be a serious safety risk to a child in the event of a car crash. If you have a Graco car seat be sure to double check the manufacture date.

Here are some other things to consider for optimal car seat safety:

  • Make sure the car seat has a Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) approval label.
  • Check for an expiry date to make sure the car seat is not too old. If you’re close to the expiry date, it might be a good time to shop for a new one.
  • Is there any visible damage or fraying to the car seat? Has it been involved in a previous collision? If so, time for an upgrade.

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Author - James Richards

James Richards is a born and raised Vancouverite who studied History, Political Science and Law at University of British Columbia. His over 20 years of legal practice and a busy and active family gives him his purpose, focus and some good writing material. When not in work–mode, he enjoys any excuse to be out and about our amazing city.