Child Passenger Safety Month: Ages 0 to 9, use it every time

BURNABY, BC, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ - June marks the BCAA Road Safety Foundation's fourth Child Passenger Safety Month.

"Child passenger safety is a very important issue in British Columbia," says Marg Deibert, child passenger safety educator for the BCAA Road Safety Foundation / ICBC Child Passenger Safety program.  "Car crashes are still one of the leading causes of accidental death among children in this province, but using a child car seat can reduce the risk of injury and death by up to 85 per cent."

Safe Kids Canada also chose child passenger safety as the theme for their national Safe Kids Week awareness campaign focusing on the importance of using a booster seat for older children.

Deibert is pleased that Safe Kids Canada is putting the push on booster seat use, but she reminds parents and caregivers that in B.C. a child must be in an age- and weight-appropriate child car seat or booster seat until their 9th birthday or 145 centimeters (4' 9") in height.

As children grow there are four car seat stages that they go through in the first nine years. It is important to choose the child car seat that is best for your child.

Stage one -  From birth to one year and until your child is 9 kg (20 lbs), your child must be restrained in a rear-facing child car seat.
   
Stage two - Your child:
 
  • has outgrown their rear-facing seat
  • is at least one year
  • weighs more than 9 kg (20 lbs)
  Your child can now ride in a forward-facing child car seat.
   
Stage three - Your child:
 
  • has outgrown a forward-facing car seat
  • is at least 18 kg (40 lbs).
  Your child requires a booster seat. The booster seat lifts the child up so that the seat belt is positioned correctly.
   
Stage four - Your child is at least 9 years old, or at least 145 cm (4' 9") tall, and at the appropriate size for a seat belt.  

The BCAA RSF / ICBC Child Passenger Safety Program educates parents and caregivers about the importance of child passenger safety through their toll free information line and by supporting workshops throughout the province.

"It doesn't matter if you are taking your child on a short drive to pre-school or on a road trip to see the grandparents, make sure your kids are buckled in," says Deibert.

For more information about child passenger safety visit www.childseatinfo.ca or call 1-877-247-5551.

About BCAA Road Safety Foundation

The BCAA Road Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity working with families, communities and business partners to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C. For more information visit www.BCAATSF.ca or call 604-298-5107.

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SOURCE BCAA Road Safety Foundation

For further information:

Lennea Durant
Media Relations
BCAA Road Safety Foundation
Tel: 604-875-1182
E-mail: lenneadurant@shaw.ca

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