Child safety seat consultation

Albertans provided input on Alberta’s child safety seat laws and how they affect families.

Status: Under review. Survey closed Friday, April 6
Ministry responsible: Transportation

Overview

Child safety seats are designed to keep children safely restrained in vehicles until they can fit into a seatbelt:

  • rear- and forward-facing car seats to help protect infants and smaller children
  • booster seats to help protect older children

When used correctly, child safety seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% and the risk of serious injury by 67%.

In Alberta, the law requires children under 6 years of age and weighing less than 18 kg (40lbs) use a child safety seat. The law does not specify which type of child safety seat must be used, only that it must be installed properly and the child properly secured.

Weight and age is no longer considered the best practice for determining if a child requires a safety seat. Height and age are now considered the best unit of measure.

We’re working to update Alberta’s child safety seat laws to align with health research, best practices and other jurisdictions to ensure children are safely secured at all stages of development.

Public engagement

Albertans provided their input through an online survey to help us:

  • determine potential options for refining or expanding current safety seat laws
  • understand how these potential changes could affect Alberta families
  • ensure the rules and best practices are clear for parents and focused on child safety

The survey closed on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Outcomes

Your feedback will help inform potential changes to Alberta's child car seat safety regulations.