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Old 06-01-2018, 10:37 AM
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As per the ministry:

Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act requires children weighing 18 kg to 36 kg (40 to 80 lb.), standing less than 145 cm (4 ft. 9 in.) tall and who are under the age of 8 to use a booster seat or allows the continued use of a forward-facing seat as long as the car seat manufacturer recommends its use. It’s best to keep your child in a booster seat until they reach the manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight and height limits.
It's a good thing my son is 12 now because he'd still be in a booster seat. He barely weighs 80lbs and stands a slight bit under 4'9". Maybe I should text the ex before she starts court proceedings.

No idea why age would affect safety when height and weight are the key factors.
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:58 PM
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Just to throw a wrench in the argument since I work in automotive. They have recently done another multitude of studies with various child car seats and NONE of them make a child safer in a car...although the lighter they are, the safer they are.

Believe it or not, the whole car seat argument is moot because the safest thing is to actually buckle your kids in...and that's it. For babies, to create the lightest, lowest center of gravity would be the best. The reason is simple....anything weighing anything in a car will fly in a crash condition. So you are anchoring your kid to something heavy which basically acts like a projectile in a crash situation. There have been studies on this for a long time, however, because car seats are such a huge market (and getting larger) and because of perception/ seats will be in use for a long time to come regardless of the actual data.
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