Effective January 1, 2008.
It is the law in Prince Edward Island 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 from birth to 10 kg (22 lb) and a minimum of one year of age must travel in a rear-facing child seat.
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).
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:
Children that are 10 years old or 145 cm (4 feet, 9 inches) may move to an adult seat belt.
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 Prince Edward Island Child Passenger legislation call 1-902-368-5214 or visit the Prince Edward Island Government website www.gov.pe.ca.