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Seat belts increase your chances of survival in a collision by 50%

When should a child use a standard vehicle seat belt?

A child is ready to exit his/her booster seat when the vehicle seat belt fits properly; this is typically when a child is 145 cm (4’9”) tall and between 8 and 12 years of age.

To check if it is time to move to a standard seat belt, have your child sit in the back seat of your vehicle with the lap-shoulder belt buckled.

Children under the age of 13 are safest in the back seat of a vehicle in proper restraints based on their age and height. 

Children should only sit in seats with air bags if they have reached an age that the manufacturer recommends.

Check for the following:

  • Their knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat when sitting all the way back
  • The lap belt stays low and snug across the hip bones
  • The shoulder belt crosses the chest and stays between your child’s neck and shoulder
  • They can sit like this for the whole trip without slouching
  • Until your child can meet all four steps, continue using a booster seat on every ride

Parents, wear your seat belt for every ride. It's the law in Alberta.

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