The law requires that children be properly secured in a seat adapted to their weight and height until they are big enough to use a seat belt. A new measure will come into effect on April 18, 2019 : Children will have to be secured in a child safety seat that is appropriate for their weight and height until they are 9 years old or at least 145 cm / 57" tall.
USE OF THE SEAT BELT
Here are some elements to verify to ensure the seat belt is used properly :
- Child's back must be flat against the seat's backrest.
- Child's legs must be long enough that the knees are bent over the edge of the seat.
- Seat belt must cross over the child's collarbone (the shoulder), not over the neck.
- Seat belt must cross over the child's hips, not over the abdomen.
- When the seat belt is fastened, it should cross over the middle of the child's shoulder (the collarbone) and the pelvis.
If the child can not safely use the seat belt, he must continue to use a booster seat suited to his weight and height.