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Ontario makes child booster seats mandatory

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Toronto – Anyone driving children in Ontario must have properly installed booster seats in their cars starting next month. The new rule makes Ontario the second province after Quebec to require the seats.

The new rules will apply to children up to eight years of age, weighing between 40 and 80 pounds (18 and 36 kilograms) and standing under four feet nine inches (144 centimetres) tall.

If those children aren’t in proper booster seats, drivers face a $90 fine, a $20 surcharge and two demerit points.

Ontario will stop collecting the provincial sales tax on boosters seats. Child and infant car seats are already exempt.

“We’ve seen far too many tragedies that could have been prevented had children been properly buckled up,” said Dave Paradis of St. John Ambulance. “I’m hopeful that by making child car seats and booster seats mandatory, this will help save young lives.”

Local public health units or St. John Ambulance branches can help adults properly install booster seats.

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