Police in Ontario, Canada recently pulled over a man who was allowing a 2-year-old to sit in the front seat, using a 30-pack case of beer as a car seat.
Car seat regulations are constantly changing to ensure that every child is buckled-up safely before hitting the road. Sources report that children under the age of 13 should always ride in the back of the car, and children up to the age of 12 (depending on weight and height) require a booster for appropriate vehicle safety. As tough as it can be to constantly keep up with these car seat safety guidelines, we can probably all agree, a 30-rack is not a suitable car seat option for a toddler, and letting a 2-year-old tot ride shotgun is a horrible idea.
2-year-old unharmed in @NorthPerth1 when @TwpWellNorth driver used a case of beer for a booster-seat. Driver charged w/ failing to ensure child properly seat-belted. Children under 40lbs require child-seat and under 8years&80lbs&4'9" require a booster ^JC #WellingtonOPP #PerthOPP pic.twitter.com/EmWqmT62R3— OPP West (@OPP_WR) July 10, 2019
The 22-year-old driver, whose relation to the child is unknown, and who has not been identified by name, was pulled over in North Perth after an anonymous source called in a complaint to police. Child services were notified of the incident, and the driver was charged with failing to ensure that the child was properly seat-belted. Fines for this offense vary between $200.00 and $1000.00 CAD, and should the driver be charged, they will also lose 2 demerit points, which will remain on the driving record for a period of two years. Thankfully (for everyone involved) all of the beers in the case were sealed, and impaired driving was not a concern.
While most of us moms love a good DIY project or #LifeHack to make our lives easier, car seat safety is not an area that should ever be homemade or hacked at home. Parents should consult the American Academy of Pediatrics to stay up-to-date on car seat guidelines to ensure that their children are safe while on the road, and to avoid fines and legal complications that can come from improperly securing a child in a vehicle. When in doubt, taking a car seat to a professional to have it installed or examined is always a good idea.
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