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Law – Nova Scotia

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Car Seat Law in NS


Effective January 1, 2007.


It is the law in Nova Scotia 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 Car Seat


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


Forward Facing Car 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


A child must be a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb) before they can move to a booster seat. The child stays in the booster seat until they meet one of the following criteria: 


Seat Belt


According to the law, a child can use an adult seat belt when they are either nine years old or 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall.


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 Nova Scotia Child Passenger legislation call Child Safety Link at 1-866-288-1388 ext. 1 or 470-7036.