50% of car seats inspections - fail.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 26th, 2018

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Members of the Halton Partners for Car Seat Safety recently conducted a Car Seat Inspection Clinic at the Wellspring Church on New Street in Burlington. This group is a collaboration of the Halton Regional Police Service, the Halton Region Health Department, the OPP, the four municipal Fire Services and a number of community volunteers.

In the course of the clinic, police officers interacted with all drivers performing cursory checks of car seats and identifying those requiring further inspection.

carseat inspection

Learning how to set up the car seat correctly.

Officers conduct these inspections under the authority of the Highway Traffic. Occupied car seats form part of a vehicle’s equipment.

Police conducted 90 inspections (the 5-point ‘quick’ inspection).

Results:

car seat test results

 

 

 

Link to Ministry of Transportation web site – detailed instructions.

Some noteworthy observations:
• Children showing up in a booster when they should still be in a 5-point harness
• Many untethered or loosely tethered forward-facing car seats were identified.
• A number of boosters were inspected where it was determined that parents had not installed supplied screws in the armrests.

The Halton Partners for Car Seat Safety recommend parents and guardians to read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions when installing a car seat. For car seat resources in your area, dial 311 for information.

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