Child Passenger Safety Basics

When renting with Avis - or driving your own vehicle - remember these key tips:

  • Carefully review both the child restraint and vehicle instructions
  • All children, 12 years old and younger, should always be buckled up in the back!
  • Never place a child restraint in a seating position with an active airbag
  • Always get a tight fit -the restraint should not move more than one inch from side to side or front to back
  • Make sure that the harness straps and clip are positioned and secured appropriately
  • Canadian law requires that all children who have outgrown child restraints should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old (approximately 36 kg./ 80 lbs.), unless they are 4'9" or taller
  • Set the example - always buckle up yourself!

 The Right Restraint for Your Child 



Infants up to 1 year old.  Birth to 9 kg (20 lb.)

Rear-facing seat.  Use away from an active airbag.  In rear-facing position.  Must use 5 point harness

Toddlers - ages 1 to 4 years/9 to 18 kg (20-40 lb.)

Forward-facing seat .  Use with a tether strap.  Must use 5 point harness

Ages 4 to 8 years18-36 kg. / 40-80 lbs (or until 4'9" tall)

Belt-positioning Booster Seat  (with lap and shoulder belt)

Age 8 and over (or at least over 4'9")

Standard Lap/Shoulder Belt (in the back seat)

Please Note:  Do not use a car seat that is more than 10 years old.

Source: Transport Canada 

Big Kids Need Boosters

In Canada the law requires booster seats for children that have outgrown their child seats, weigh 40-80 pounds or 18-36 kilograms and about 4'9" tall.  Children should always be seated in a belt-positioning booster. A booster seat lifts children so adult lap/shoulder seat belts are "positioned" correctly and safely.  Plus, booster seats offer children better visibility and comfort.

 Avis Cares and Child Passenger Safety Quick Facts

  • In Canada, the law requires that children 8 years and younger and less than 80 pounds/36 kilograms to be in a child restraint
  • Transport Canada estimates that less than 10 percent of all children who should be using boosters are properly restrained
  • Avis Managers have been trained to properly install our Evenflo seats using UAS - Universal Anchorage System 
  • All Avis locations stock foam levelers to help ensure that seats are installed securely


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