Car Seat Safety

Installing and using child car seats and booster seats properly can significantly reduce the chance of children being hurt and/or killed in collisions.

The Huron County Health Unit provides:

  • One-on-one advice regarding car seat usage or installation.
  • Free car seat installation checks. You will need to book an appointment for an installation check.
  • Options if you require a car seat for your child and are in financial need.

To learn more, contact the Huron County Health Unit and ask for a Public Health Nurse on the Child Health team.

Car Seat Expiry Dates

All car seats have an expiry date, and most expire from six to 10 years after they were manufactured. Be sure to check your car seat, however, the date of expiry is different for each car seat manufacturer. If you are unsure if your car seat has expired, contact the Health Unit.

Used Car Seats

Car seats can be expensive and used car seats can be an option. Here are some guidelines when considering a used seat:

  • Know the car seat’s history. You do not want to use a seat that has been in a collision.
  • Know the age of the car seat. What is the expiry date?
  • Do all latches and buckles work?
  • Any recalls?
  • Ensure that the CSA sticker is still on the seat.

If you have any questions, contact the Health Unit.

Transport Canada – Recalls

Check out the public and consumer information notices for child car seats to see if a car seat or booster seat doesn’t comply with safety standards or has a safety defect.

If you have a question please contact us at 519.482.3416 or toll free 1.877.837.6143.  Ask to speak to a public health nurse on the Child Health team.