June 26, 2014 – Effective June 27th, 2014, booster seats will be mandatory in Saskatchewan for children that are under seven years of age, less than 145 cm (4’9”) tall and weighing less than 36 kg (80 lb.).
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and Canadian Tire are promoting child safety by offering coupons towards one free booster seat redeemable at any SGI claims centre in the province.
“We appreciate the support Canadian Tire has provided, [helping us] offering parents a solution instead of a fine or ticket when children are not properly secured in a booster seat,” said Don McMorris Minister for SGI.
Three children died and 88 children were injured in car collisions in 2013. Seventeen of the injured children were not restrained in car seats or improperly restrained in car seats and statistics suggest that 29 of the injured children were secured in a seatbelt that was inappropriate for them.
Transport Canada states, “As long as your child still fits within the manufacturer’s weight and height limits, he or she is safer in a booster seat.” The following information was resourced from Transport Canada.
Booster Back - If your booster seat has a back, make sure the middle of your child’s ears are lower than the top of the back of the booster seat.
Seat Belt Guide - If there is a seat belt guide, it should be at or above your child’s shoulder.
Shoulder Belt - Make sure the shoulder belt rests on your child’s shoulder - never on the neck or arm, or under the arm.
Lap Belt - The lap belt should be snug against your child’s hips, and not on their stomach.
“Seatbelts alone are not safe for children,” said Constable Nolan Bespalko of the Regina Police Service.
“They are not designed for a child’s smaller size and narrow frame. I have seen first hand the difference that a booster seat makes in terms of protection and preventing injuries. The decision to use a booster seat is an important one.”
“Canadian Tire believes in the importance of protecting our most precious passengers - children,” said Dale Brock, District Support Manager for Canadian Tire in Saskatchewan.
Canadian Tire donated 200 booster seat coupons, which will be handed out by police throughout the month of July.
The fine for failing to secure a child in an appropriate booster seat or child car seat is the same as being charged for an adult failing to wear a seat belt - $175.
For more information on booster seats, car seat clinics and amendments to traffic safety laws please visit www.sgi.sk.ca. While you’re there, why not take the ‘Road Safety Challenge’! The information provided in this challenge may surprise you.
Trucks, Trucks with Cabs and Two-Seater Sports Cars
We have received an onslaught of questions from concerned parents about the rules and regulations for securing children in trucks, trucks with cabs and two-seater sports cars.
Our next issue of E-Magazine (August 1, 2014) will answer all your questions for every province and territory.
Car Seat Safety - CHASA
Child Restraint and Booster Seats & Consumer Information Notices – Transport Canada
Children’s car seats and booster seats: How long are they safe? – Transport Canada