Parents had a chance to test their child safety seat installation skills yesterday (September 20).
 
The Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society hosted the Child Passenger Association of Canada to educate local parents on the subject.
 
"We thought, let's actually have some trained technicians come and do a car seat clinic so that parents could actually ensure that they were having safe journeys with their little ones, that everything was installed correctly and their little one's buckled up properly," said Families First executive director Heather Boonstra.
 
And with good reason, only one of the 16 car seats passed tests.
 
"We all just think we're doing it properly and following the manual," insisted Boonstra.
 
Car seats should be able to move one inch or less at the seat belt path, they're designed that way to provide a bit more cushioning for the child during a collision or sudden stop.
 
Babies should be kept in a rear facing seat until they're roughly two years old. After that, it's on to the forward facing seat.
 
Between the ages of five to seven, they can move on to a booster seat until they're 10 to 12-years-old and can pass the five step test.
 
If the child fits the adult belt properly, their knees can bend over the seat, their feet are flat on the floor, the lap belt is low on their hips and the shoulder belt is between their shoulder and neck, they can ditch the safety seats.
 
Transport Canada has more tips on installing and the various stages of car seat use.

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