On Jan. 1, 2007, a new child safety seat law will require anyone transporting children to make sure they are properly secured in an infant seat, child seat or booster seat.
The Department of Transportation and Public Works is reminding parents and caregivers to prepare for the law.
"The holiday season is a time to reflect on our blessings. Children are life's greatest blessing, and must be cherished and protected," said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. "Let us give our children the gift of safety this holiday season by investing in proper child car seats."
Once children have outgrown their child car seat, they must be in a booster seat until their ninth birthday, unless they have reached a height of four foot nine.
Booster seats can cost between $30 and $160. A higher price does not guarantee a safer booster seat. Families who receive income assistance may be eligible for booster seats and should contact case workers for further information.
When used correctly, booster seats can reduce the risk of serious injury by more than 60 per cent. A booster seat keeps the seatbelt positioned correctly over a child's shoulder, chest and hips -- areas of the body that can better withstand the forces of a crash.
"At IWK Child Safety Link we believe that informed parents are one of the best preventions against serious injuries and deaths among young children," said Sandra Newton, manager for Child Safety Link. "Keeping children safe is our priority, and we are working with families to help them understand and comply with the new booster seat regulations."