Carseat Safety for Infants and Children
For each stage of your child’s development, remember to update their car seat accordingly.
Rear-facing Car Seats
Rear-facing car seats are designed for infants and small children until they weigh 45 pounds. It’s important to keep your child in a rear-facing seat as long as possible because their neck and head are still developing. In the event of a collision, the impact is distributed along the back of the car seat, protecting the child’s most vulnerable areas.
Forward-facing Child Car Seats
Forward-facing car seats are equipped with harness straps designed so that impact from a collision is directed towards the strongest part of the child’s body – the shoulders and chest. The harness helps focus the impact and then redirect the force down to the hips. Forward-facing seats generally suit children who weigh up to 65 pounds.
Until children are at least 80 pounds, nine years of age or 4′ 9″ tall, they are required by law to use a suitable carseat when riding in a vehicle. A booster seat helps prevent the seatbelt from riding too high up on the child’s stomach and neck. Booster seats are needed until children reach the appropriate size and weight for seatbelts alone.
Download the full Carseat Safety Brochure from Manitoba Public Insurance for more information.