Effective May 1, 2008.
It is the law in New Brunswick that children travelling in vehicles are safely secured in a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their age, weight and height and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions..
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 or she can be placed in a forward-facing seat. A child must remain in a forward-facing seat until he or she weighs a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb).
A child must weigh 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 one of the following criteria is met:
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 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 New Brunswick Child Passenger legislation call 1-506-453-2410 or visit the New Brunswick Government website www.gnb.ca.