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Law – New Brunswick

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Car Seat Law in NB


Effective May 1, 2008.

It is the law in New Brunswick that children traveling in vehicles are safely secured in a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their age, weight and height.  


Rear-Facing Seat 

Infants must be secured in a rear-facing seat until at least one year old and 10 kg (22 lb).


Forward Facing Seat

A child must be at least one year and 10 kg (22 lb) before he/she can be placed in a forward facing seat. A child must remain in a forward facing seat until they are a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb).


Booster Seat

Effective May 1, 2008 in New Brunswick, a child may be in a booster seat if they are a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb) until the child meets one of the following criteria:

  • 9 years old
  • 36 kg (79-80 lb)
  • 145 cm (4′ 9″)
Seat Belt
Children can use an adult seat belt when they are 9 years old or 145 cm (4 feet, 9 inches) or 36 kg (79 -80 lb).

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 New Brunswick Child Passenger legislation call 1-506-453-2410 or visit the New Brunswick Governme