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Law – Nova Scotia

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Car Seat Laws in Nova Scotia 


Effective January 1, 2007.


It is the law in Nova Scotia 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.


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 or she can be placed in a forward-facing seat. A child must remain in a forward-facing seat until a minimum of 18 kg (40 lb).


Booster Seat 

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 one of the following criteria is met:


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 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, weight and age 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 902-470-7036.