Alberta Transportation partners with Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services and the Injury Prevention Centre to help Albertans learn more about occupant restraints.
Proper use of a child safety seat or booster seat can reduce the likelihood of your child being injured or killed in a crash by up to 75 per cent.
Child Safety Seat Facts:
- Child safety restraints are required by law for children under the age of six who weigh less than 18 kilograms (40 pounds).
- In Alberta, the fine for not wearing a seat belt or child safety seat is $155.
- Children should remain in their rear facing seat until they are at least one year of age and weigh at least 10 kilograms (22 pounds) and are walking independently.
- Children should remain in their forward facing seat until they reach the maximum weight and height allowed for their seat and the child is at least 18 kilograms (40 pounds) and six years of age.
- Children who are under nine years of age, who weigh between 18 and 36 kilograms (40 - 80 pounds) or are less than 145 cm (4'9") tall are safest in a booster seat when riding in a vehicle.
- Without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer a significant injury.
- All child passengers are safest when secured in proper restraints based on their age, height and weight and those restraints are used according to the restraint and vehicle manufacturer's instructions.
- If a child safety seat has been involved in a collision, replace it immediately.
Find out if it's time to lose the booster seat with our free online tool.
Seat Belt Facts:
- Properly used seat belts can reduce fatal and serious injury by 45-65 per cent depending on the type of vehicle and seating position.
- In 2014, there were 67 unbelted fatalities.
- Over the past five years, there were 358 unbelted fatalities in Alberta (2010-2014).
- Seat belts work in conjunction with other safety devices and distribute the force of a collision evenly to the stronger parts of a person's body.
- Drivers are responsible to ensure that all passengers under the age of 16 are properly secured using wither a child safety seat or seat belt. Drivers may be fined for each unrestrained passenger under the age of 16.
- Seat belts save about 1000 lives per year in Canada.
Learn more about seat belts