Child seat

Old Apr 23rd 2001, 4:10 pm
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I have heard about specific requirement for child seat while driving in Canada. Is this applicable for visitors also. I have child seat that is acceptable in US, is this seat acceptable in canada too?

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Old Apr 24th 2001, 4:39 am
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You may want to call up the manufacturer of the child seat. Also, I think it should
not be a problem if you are just visiting.

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Old Apr 26th 2001, 9:22 am
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"aauj2001" wrote:

> I have heard about specific requirement for child seat while driving in Canada.
> Is this applicable for visitors also? I have child seat that is acceptable in
> US, is this seat accept- able in Canada too?

The big difference between Canadian and US standards for child safety seats is that,
in Canada, a front-facing "toddler" seat must be secured to the car =both= by the
regular seat belt (lap belt) =and= also by a "tether strap" that is attached to the
upper back of the seat. Tether straps help keep a child seat from pitching forward or
to one side in a collision -- something which the lap belt alone really can't do, no
matter how firmly the belt is tightened around the base of the seat.

Since the late 1980's, all new cars sold in Canada have been required to be equipped
with an "anchorage" (reinforced attachment point) behind the rear seats, for
installation of a hook to which a tether strap can be fastened.

Until recently, most cars sold in the US were =not= built with tether strap
anchorages. This has started to change, though, because a new set of child safety
seat specs (adopted about a year ago) include the tether strap concept.

Some US-market vehicles (such as Saturns) have had tether strap anchor- ages for
years -- though the dealers and buyers may not necessarily have understood what they
were or how to use them.

As for whether a US-legal child safety seat (in a US-registered car driven by a US
resident visiting Canada) is legal in Canada, I believe that would be a question of
provincial law, since motor vehicle laws are the responsibility of the individual
provinces and territories. If you really want to find out, try contacting the motor
vehicle office in each province you will be driving in during your trip.

Rich Wales [email protected] http://www.webcom.com/richw/
*NOTE: I've lived in both Canada and the US and have dual citizenship.
*DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer, professional immigration consultant,
or consular officer. My comments are for discussion purposes only and
are not intended to be relied upon as legal or professional advice.
 

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