Planning a driving trip this summer? "Boost" your child's safety, says Safe Kids Canada

    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - Before you jump in the car to start your summer
vacation, Safe Kids Canada wants parents to ensure their children are safely
buckled up in the backseat. The majority of serious injuries and fatalities
for children under the age of 14 occur in the summer months due to motor
vehicle collisions. With only 28 per cent of Canadian children between the
ages of four and eight using booster seats, parents are putting their children
at risk for serious injuries in the event of a car crash.
    "Parents can protect their children by putting them in booster seats
every time they ride in a vehicle," says Pamela Fuselli, executive director,
Safe Kids Canada. "When installed correctly, a booster seat can reduce a
child's chances of injury or death by as much as 75 per cent."

    Safe Kids Canada offers these tips for using a booster seat:

    -   A child is ready for a booster seat when they are less than four feet
        nine inches tall and weigh between 40 and 80 pounds.
    -   A booster seat lifts a child up so that the seat belt fits correctly.
        Both the lap and the shoulder belt must be used and will hold the
        child and the booster seat in place during a crash or sudden stop.
    -   There are two different types of booster seats sold in Canada:
        A high back booster seat provides head and neck protection in cars
        without head restraints and a no back booster is used in cars that
        have adjustable head restraints or high seat backs.
    -   A child is ready for a seat belt when he or she is at least four feet
        nine inches or 80 pounds.

    Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury-related death
for Canadian children. Every year, an estimated 100 children age 14 and under
are killed and more than 10,000 are injured due to traffic collisions.

    Safe Kids Canada's mission is to lead and inspire a culture of safety
across the country in order to reduce unintentional injuries, the leading
cause of death among children and youth in Canada. As a national leader, Safe
Kids Canada uses a collaborative and innovative approach to develop
partnerships, conduct research, educate and advocate in order to prevent
serious injuries among children, youth and their families. Our vision is
Healthier Children. Fewer Injuries. A Safer Canada. Safe Kids Canada is the
national injury prevention program of The Hospital for Sick Children. For more
information on child safety, visit or call

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Lipkin, Manager, Communications and
Marketing, Safe Kids Canada, (416) 813-6164,

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