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Law – Newfoundland and Labrador

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Car Seat Laws in Newfoundland and Labrador 


It is the law in Newfoundland and Labrador that children traveling 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.


Rear-Facing Seat 

Infants must be secured in a rear-facing seat until at least 9 kg (20 lb).


Forward Facing Seat

A child must remain in a forward-facing seat until they weigh a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb).


Booster Seat

Effective July 1, 2008 a child may use a booster seat if they are a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb), until the child meets the following criteria:


Seat Belt


Children can use an adult seat belt when they are 9 years old and 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 call Heidi Boyd at (709) 729-3280.  You will find the Newfoundland and Labrador Government website here: www.swsd.gov.nl.ca.