By Glenn Cooper
NC – Child safety seats are the best form of protection that you can provide for your children when travelling in your vehicle. They are designed to protect the little one in case of an accident and they will significantly reduce the risk of injuries if installed properly.
In fact, the correct installation of a child safety seat is vital. If you are having difficulty with this, take a look at the instructional videos that are on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website.
“A correctly installed child safety seat greatly reduces the risk of a fatal injury to infants, toddlers, and children,” says Achiel Goossens, the senior manager of auto claims with Aviva Canada.
Make sure that you follow the instructions carefully, and if you are not sure, get your child safety seat inspected. There are a number of Car Seat Installation Centres across Ontario that will inspect your car seat for free.
Common installation mistakes include:
• Not placing the child safety seat in the right direction;
• Using a defective or broken safety seat;
• Using an expired child safety seat;
• Not using the right seat for your child’s age and size;
• Not properly securing the seat and having loose harness straps.
Caution with a used seat
If you are buying a second hand car seat, get it inspected. Make sure that it comes with all necessary straps and instructions for installation. Check for cracks, and make sure it has not expired past its useful life date. Also, make sure that the car seat has not previously been in an automobile accident. More detailed information is available from your insurance broker or at AvivaCanada.com.