Seat Belts for Children & Youth

For kids 145 cm (4’9”) tall and between 8 and 12 years of age.

To check if it is time to move to a seat belt, have your child sit on the back seat with the lap-shoulder belt buckled. It is okay to use a seat belt if all of the following statements apply:

  • They are at least 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall.
  • Their knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat when sitting all the way back.
  • The lap belt stays low and snug across the hip bones.
  • The shoulder belt crosses the chest and stays between your child’s neck and shoulder.
  • They can sit like this for the whole trip without slouching.
  • Until your child can meet all 5 steps, continue using a booster seat on every ride.

In Alberta, the driver is responsible to ensure all passengers under the age of 16 are properly secured using either a child safety seat or seat belt.

Kids 12 and under are safest riding in the back seat.

Parents, wear your seat belt for every ride. It’s the law in Alberta.

If you need help, call a nurse at:
Alberta Health Link 811