Before the baby is even born, mothers can begin protecting themselves and their babies when travelling by wearing a seatbelt.

Once the baby is born, the proper installation and use of infant and child restraints help to protect from injury if there is a collision. Parents should ensure that the transportation of their children is safe by educating themselves about infant and child restraints.

Parents should make sure that they use the appropriate seat for their child. Infants should all use rear-facing seats, as babies have large heads and weak neck muscles which are not strong enough to withstand forces during a collision. A rear-facing seat will cushion the baby’s head and neck in the event of a collision. Parents should always check the height and weight restrictions of their car seat to ensure safety.

For more detailed information on car and child safety please refer to the Child Injury Prevention Program.