Earlier models continue to provide high level of safety
TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - New Transport Canada testing and
performance requirements were implemented for children's car seats New
Year's Day. They are designed to further enhance the safety of
children, with additional lap/shoulder belt testing to better reflect
the use of child restraints in today's vehicles, the provision for
larger children in car seats and new dynamic testing for booster seats.
Dorel Distribution Canada (DDC), a division of Dorel Industries Inc.
(TSX: DII.B, DII.A) the global leader in car seats, today stated that
all of its car seats now at Canadian retailers meet the new
DDC President, Mark Robbins, said the updated standards are an excellent
government initiative and will encourage the use of infant and child
restraint systems for a longer period of time. He also pointed out
that seats manufactured prior to the changes can still be used.
"Seats on the market prior to January 1st have provided a high level of
safety for many years and will continue to do so throughout the useful
life of the units, generally from 6 to 8 years. There is no need to
replace a child seat unless it was involved in a collision or if the
seat's shell or materials have been torn or damaged. Parents should
always check the expiry date of the seat and replace it as indicated."
New, improved child-sized crash test dummies are now being used to test
for greater occupant mass limits. The new standards for infant
restraint systems increase from 9 kg to 10 kg and for child restraint
systems from 22 kg to 30 kg. In addition, there are new dynamic
(moving) testing requirements for booster seats.
The new regulations are part of a regular process of reviewing and
upgrading standards on the level of safety for children using
up-to-date testing technology. The new standards were implemented to
incorporate new and unique Canadian testing requirements using a
lap/shoulder belt to secure car seats in vehicles.
Dorel Distribution Canada sells car seats under the Safety 1st, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi, Eddie Bauer and Disney labels.
For further information, please consult Transport Canada at www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safedrivers-childsafety-faq-1131.htm.
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a world class juvenile products and bicycle
company. Established in 1962, Dorel creates style and excitement in
equal measure to safety, quality and value. The Company's lifestyle
leadership position is pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle
categories with an array of trend-setting products. Dorel's powerfully
branded products include Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bébé Confort in Juvenile, as well as
Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and SUGOI in
Recreational/Leisure. Dorel's Home Furnishings segment markets a wide
assortment of both domestically produced and imported furniture
products, principally within North America. Dorel is a US$2.3 billion
company with 5,400 employees, facilities in twenty-one countries, and
SOURCE Dorel Distribution Canada
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