Seat Belts for Children and Youth

For kids over nine years of age whom weigh more than 36 kg (80 lbs) or are taller than 145 cm (4'9").

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:

  • Your child can sit so his or her whole back is touching the back of the vehicle seat.
  • When sitting back, your child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat.
  • The lap portion of the seat belt is riding low across the hips, touching the tops of your child’s legs.
  • The shoulder portion of the belt is crossing between your child’s neck and arm.
  • Your child can and will remain in this position for the entire trip.

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 1-866-408-LINK (5465)
(780) 408-LINK (5465) in Edmonton
(403) 943-LINK (5465) in Calgary