Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death and hospitalization for children under the age of 14 years old.
It is important that all children are using the right car seat for their particular age, height, and weight. The law in New Brunswick regarding child car seats are as follows:
|Type of Car Seat||Age, Weight, Height|
|Rear Facing Car Seat||Under 1 year Old
Less Than 10kg (22lbs)
|Forward Facing Car Seat||Over 1 Year Old
Between 10kg (22lbs) & 18kg (40lbs)
|Booster Seat||Under 9 Years Old
Over 18kg (40lbs)
Under 145cm (4’9″)
|Adult Seat Belt||Over 9 Years Old
Over 36kg (80lbs)
Over 145cm (4’9″)
It is very important to keep your child in the appropriate car seat according to their age, weight, and height, because seat belts are designed for people who are at least 4’9″. The seatbelt for adults distributes pressure evenly among the strongest parts of your body. For a person less than 4’9″, the pressure will be distributed to vulnerable places such as the stomach, or neck.
It is highly recommended by Transport Canada that children should wait until they are at least 12 years old before sitting in the front seat of the car. The risk of injury to children can be greatly diminished if using the appropriate car seat.
Cantini Law has over 30 years of experience advocating for clients who have suffered injuries following motor vehicle accident. With 5 locations serving NS, NB, and PEI, contact Cantini Law for a free consultation at 1-844-CANTINI (226-8464).