Dorel Car Seat Recall & Car Seat Safety

One of the biggest purchases a parent makes is the car seat.  It gets used daily for many of us, and you want to get the safest seat you can, so it’s always scary to hear to hear that there has been a recall. 

In case you missed it, earlier this week the Dorel Juvenile Group issued a huge recall for certain Cosco, Maxi-Cosi, and Safety 1stbrand car seats that were manufactured between May 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009.  According to Transport Canada, “the harness adjustment strap can loosen increasing the risk of injury in a crash” (source). Here is a link to the entire Dorel recall list; thankfully, it sounds like the problem was identified before any children were injured, and a repair kit is being issued to owners.

While I’m talking about car seats, did you know that there have been changes in Canada about when it is legal to change your child from rear-facing to forward facing?  According to Transportation Canada, you can make the switch when your “child weighs 10 kg (22 lbs), is able to walk on his or her own and your provincial/territorial law says you can use a forward-facing seat”. 

That’s 2lbs heavier than before, and walking independently is a new addition.  Remember, it’s not an either/or situation; your child must meet ALL THREE CRITERIA before you turn them!  Spread the word and keep our babies safe :)

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