High Failure Rate at Oakville Car Seat Clinic is putting Children at Risk

59 car seats inspected during the clinic and 68% failed.

infant in car seat
High Failure Rate at Oakville Car Seat Clinic is putting Children at Risk

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Chantal Corner

Chantal Corner

Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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On Saturday May 23, 2015 Halton Regional Police in conjunction with the Halton Partners for Car Seat Safety, the OPP and other community partners conducted an 8 hours spot check car seat clinic at Speers Road and Kerr Street in Kerr Village,Oakville.

  1. 49 booster seats inspected – 58% failed
  2. 59 car seats inspected – 68% failed

Children must be 40 lbs before they can be transitioned to a booster seat. :Lars Plougmann / Foter / CC BY-SA

Issues included:

  1. a number of seats not tethered (forward-facing)
  2. a number of non-Canadian seats and expired seats
  3. many kids prematurely transitioned to booster seat that were not near 40 lb.
  4. some car seats not attached to vehicle
  5. some harnesses under child’s arms instead of over shoulders

The goal of these clinics is to ensure that all children through the spot check leave in a properly secured car or booster seat. Caregivers are encouraged to review their vehicle’s owner’s manual and their child safety seat manual for correct use and installation.

Failing to properly secure and infant, toddler or child can result in a fine of $240.00.

For additional information about community concerns in Oakville, follow us on Twitter @HRPSOakville. Additionally, for the latest crime data, news releases and general information, visit the Service’s website www.haltonpolice.ca

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