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CAR SEATS - What to know before buying?

A car or car seat is a seat for the safety of your child. Using it is the best way to protect your children when they are in a vehicle. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury in children. Car seats save lives! It is the law in Canada to use a car seat that is suitable for your child and your vehicle.

The best car seat is one that is appropriate for the weight, height, age, condition of your child and, above all, your vehicle. Keeping your child safe means not only choosing the right car seat, but most importantly, using it correctly.

Make sure the seat bears the Canadian national seal of the Department of Transport Canada. It is illegal to sell or use a seat without this logo in Canada.

Check the expiration date on the seat. Over time, plastic, belts and fasteners naturally deteriorate through the process of natural decomposition, exposure and drying out of the material. The resistance of the material is therefore altered over time, its exposure and its use.

Make sure your seat is suitable for your vehicle in size, depth and space depending on your bench seat and front row. The advice of a technician or expert could be very helpful in making the right choice. Mistakes can be costly and have to change models if they don't match. Prevention is better than cure ! Note that sales of car seats are deemed to be "final or non-refundable sales" in Canada.

Assess your future need if you would have to fit three seats in the same backseat and assess their width and depth to determine if they will sit well. The advice of a technician or expert could be very useful in making the right choice of compatible models in "3 across or 3 side by side" mode. Mistakes can be costly and need to change models later. Do not hesitate to call our certified technician.

You should register your product with the manufacturer so that they can quickly contact you in the event of a recall. Refer to the details provided on the seat carton or manual for the registration method. Most manufacturers offer to do it directly on their website.

Visual diagram summary purchasing guide

(Make sure you read the rest below the diagram to fully understand each transition.)

CAR SEATS - global view Car seats are divided into three phases 1, 2 and 3. They are sold in the market as follows: Phase 1 models (often referred to as "shells" or "portable car seats") . Then there are the transformable or convertible seats, that is to say adaptable to several phases (1 and 2, 1 to 3, 2 and 3 harness-2-booster). There are also the Phase 3 models, also known as "booster seats" or "boosters". CAR SEATS - PHASE 1 - NEW BORN - shell Stage 1 car seats are infant seats also known as "shell". They are rear-facing seats only with a base. These models are intended for babies. Their backrest is therefore tilted to provide good support for the neck and head. In the event of a sudden stop or a head-on collision, your child's head cannot be thrown forward because it is supported by the back of the seat. As soon as your child is born, it is important to get a shell (which only covers phase 1). Because it will be required as a condition to authorize your discharge from the hospital after the birth depending on the maternity / birth center chosen. Although many "convertible" "convertible" seats cover phase 1, they are not admitted on discharge conditions to authorize your discharge from hospital after birth depending on the maternity / birth center chosen. These have the particularity of being fixed in the car and are not "mobile". CONVERTIBLE SEATS Convertible or convertible seats are seats adaptable to several phases: 1 and 2, 2 and 3, 1 to 3. - Seats covering phase 1 - Rear facing seats. - The seats in phase 2 mode - The seats facing forward with a harness. - The seats in phase 3 mode - The seats facing forward without a harness, using the car belt. PHASE 1 AND 2 CONVERTIBLE SEATS Phase 1 and 2 Convertible Seats are car seats that allow use in phase 1 and 2 mode. Convertible seats 1 and 2 covering phase 1 - The seats facing the rear. As baby grows and grows, a convertible seat can be useful: you can leave the child there (always facing backwards) until he weighs 18 to 23 kg and is 91 to 125 cm , depending on the model chosen. Convertible seats 1 and 2 in phase 2 mode - The seats facing forward with a harness. While you can place your child in a seat in Phase 2 mode as soon as they weigh more than 10 kg (22 lbs) 1 year and walk unassisted, our experts recommend keeping them in Phase 1 mode for as long as possible, at least until it is strong enough around the neck and head in the event of an impact or sudden stop of the car. We therefore recommend a minimum of 2 years in phase 1 mode (rear facing). In phase 2 (forward orientation), you must tie up your child with a five-point harness which must restrain the shoulders, chest and pelvis. CONVERTIBLES PHASE 1, 2 AND 3 Convertible Seats phase 1, 2 and 3 are car seats that allow use in phase 1, 2 and 3. Convertible seats 1, 2 and 3 covering phase 1 - The seats facing the rear. If the baby is growing and getting bigger, a convertible seat may be useful: you can leave the child there (always facing backwards) until he weighs 18 to 23 kg and is 91 to 125 cm, depending on the model chosen. Convertible seats 1, 2 and 3 in phase 2 mode - The seats facing forward with a harness. While you can place your child in a seat in Phase 2 mode as soon as they weigh more than 10 kg (22 lbs) 1 year and walk unassisted, our experts recommend keeping them in Phase 1 mode for as long as possible, at least until it is strong enough around the neck and head in the event of an impact or sudden stop of the car. We therefore recommend a minimum of 2 years in phase 1 mode (rear facing). In phase 2 (forward orientation), you must tie up your child with a five-point harness which must restrain the shoulders, chest and pelvis. Convertible seats 1, 2 and 3 in phase 3 mode - Forward-facing seats without a harness, using the car seat belt. When used in phase 3 mode, also known as Booster seats, booster seats or booster mode, you can use the vehicle seat belt to secure the child. Depending on the model, your child can sit with a minimum height of 100 to 115 cm (40 in and +), weigh at least 18 to 23 kg (40 lbs and over) and be at least 4 years old. PHASE 2 AND 3 CONVERTIBLE SEATS - harness-2-booster Phase 2 and 3 Convertible Seats are car seats that allow use in phase 2 and 3 mode, also known as "harness-2-booster) Convertible seats 2 and 3 in phase 2 mode - The seats facing forward with a harness. While you can place your child in a seat in Phase 2 mode as soon as they weigh more than 10 kg (22 lbs) 1 year and walk unassisted, our experts recommend keeping them in Phase 1 mode for as long as possible, at least until it is strong enough around the neck and head in the event of an impact or sudden stop of the car. We therefore recommend a minimum of 2 years in phase 1 mode (rear facing). In phase 2 (forward orientation), you must tie up your child with a five-point harness which must restrain the shoulders, chest and pelvis. Convertible seats 2 and 3 in phase 3 mode - Forward-facing seats without a harness, using the car seat belt. When used in phase 3 mode, also known as Booster seats, booster seats or booster mode, you can use the vehicle seat belt to secure the child. Depending on the model, your child can sit with a minimum height of 100 to 115 cm (40 in and +), weigh at least 18 to 23 kg (40 lb and more) and be at least 4 years old. / p> BOOSTER SEATS or booster - PHASE 3 Stage 3 child seats are forward-facing car seats without a harness, using the car belt. They are also referred to as Booster seats, booster seats or booster seats. They are used with the vehicle's seat belt to secure the child. Depending on the model, your child can sit with a minimum height of 100 to 115 cm (40 in and +), weigh at least 18 to 23 kg (40 lb and more) and be at least 4 years old. Note that some phase 3 seats do not have a backrest, while others have removable backrests. Our experts recommend a model with a backrest that ensures better positioning of the child.