Effective July 1, 2008
It is the law in Newfoundland and Labrador that children travelling in vehicles are safely secured in a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their age, weight and height.
The seat must be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Infants must be secured in a rear-facing seat until at least 9 kg (20 lb).
A child must remain in a forward-facing seat until they weigh a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb).
A child must be a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb) before he or she can move to a booster seat. The child must continue to use a booster seat until 9 years old OR until the child meets both of the following criteria:
Children may use an adult seat belt once they are 9 years old, however, it is safest to remain in a booster seat until they are also 145 cm (4 feet, 9 inches) AND 37 kg (81.5 pounds).
The driver is responsible to ensure that all passengers under the age of 16 are securely buckled in the right car seat, booster seat or seat belt.
The law outlines the minimum safety standard for children in cars. You may choose to keep your child rear facing, forward facing or in a booster seat longer. Check your car seat for the height and weight limits.
For more information on the safest way for your child to travel, Child Safety Link has outlined recommendations for each age of child.
For more information on Newfoundland and Labrador Child Passenger legislation call Child Safety Link at 1-866-288-1388 or contact Melodie Kelly at (709) 729-6013 or by email at MelodieKelly@gov.nl.ca . You will find the Newfoundland and Labrador Government website here: http://www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/healthyliving/child_seats.html.