Cross border shopping is not the best deal for your child's safety

    BURNABY, BC, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Cross border shopping may be cheap and
convenient, but when it comes to buying a child's car safety seat or booster
seat for use in Canada, the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation (TSF) warns parents
that it is illegal.
    TSF is receiving a significantly increased number of inquiries from
parents who have either purchased a seat, or are considering purchasing a seat
from outside of Canada, and is also seeing an increase in the number of seats
at Child Passenger Safety Inspection Clinics that have been purchased in other
countries, for use in Canada.
    The TSF is concerned that parents don't know that it is illegal to do
this. "Many parents are looking for the best deals, and without knowing the
facts, are buying child safety seats from south of the border, the UK, and
other countries," says David Dunne, Director of Provincial Programs for the
BCAA TSF. Child passenger safety seats and booster seats sold in the United
States and other countries do not meet Canadian regulations and are therefore
illegal for use in Canada, explains Dunne.
    Anyone importing a child safety seat or booster seat for use in Canada
must ensure that it complies with Canada's Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and
Booster Cushions Safety Regulations (RSSR) and appropriate Canada Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS). Every country has it own child safety seat
standards. Canadian regulations are rigorous and differ from other countries.
For example U.S. approved booster seats allow for a lower weight limit than
Canadian standards.
    A child seat bought in the U.S., or any other country is not legal for
use in Canada. It will not carry the CMVSS - National Safety Mark and does not
comply with Canadian standards. Also, if the seat is purchased outside of
Canada and there is a recall notice issued, the parent will have no way of
knowing about the recall.

    The use of non-compliant safety seats may pose a serious danger to the
public and risks children's safety. Additionally it may result in legal
repercussions that could include:

    -   Confiscation of the seat at the border or after it has entered Canada

    -   Fines

    -   Voided insurance coverage in case of injury or death

    -   Possible criminal charges and / or civil litigation

    When purchasing a child safety seat for use in Canada, parents are
strongly advised to ensure the seat has the National Safety Mark indicating
that the seat complies with Canadian regulations and standards and is legal
for use in Canada.

    Additionally parents are reminded to:

    - always use a child safety seat appropriate for you child's age, weight
      and size

    - ensure that the child seat is used and installed correctly in the

    BCAA's Traffic Safety Foundation, together with program partner ICBC, has
developed a comprehensive Child Passenger Safety Program to help you ensure
your child's safety on the road.

    For more information about child safety seats and child passenger safety
visit or call 1-877-247-5551 to speak to a certified
child passenger safety technician. Information regarding importation of child
safety seats and as well as Canadian child safety seat regulations and
standards is available from Transport Canada at:

For further information:

For further information: Lennea Durant, Media Relations, BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation, (604) 875-1182,; David Dunne,
Director, Provincial Programs, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, (604) 297-2152,

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