Revised Booster Seat Laws Coming

Winnipeg, MB, Canada / 680 CJOB - Winnipeg's News & Information Leader
Revised Booster Seat Laws Coming

Manitoba will soon require booster seats for children who have outgrown car seats but are too small to wear regular seatbelts properly.

The government says a new law that comes into effect Aug. 8 is meant to reduce serious abdominal or spinal-cord injuries in an accident.

The law will require children to be at least four-foot-nine, weigh at least 80 pounds or be nine years of age before their parents can ditch the boosters.

Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Act currently requires car seats to be used until a child reaches the age of five or weighs 50 pounds.

Research suggests smaller children who are restrained with seatbelts without booster seats are 3 1/2 times more likely to be injured in a car crash.

They are also just over four times more likely to suffer a head injury.

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