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Car Seats on Planes

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Transport Canada is conducting a review to consider the risks and benefits of making child restraint systems (car seats) mandatory on board commercial flights for children under two years.

Seats and lap belts on board today’s commercial aircraft are not well suited to safely restrain infants or children under a certain weight and/or height. Children under two years may be held in an adult’s arms during a flight; however, parents and caregivers may choose to restrain them in a car seat or other child restraint systems designed for use on board an aircraft. Although not mandatory, the use of car seats on aircraft has been permitted in Canada since 1990.

We would like to hear your thoughts on car seats and other child restraint systems on board aircraft for children under two years. Your input will help inform the department’s policy direction. Please read our background document and have your say. There are two ways to participate:

  • Send a formal written submission via the “Submissions” tab, by April 30th, 2018;
  • Participate in our discussion forum via the “Have Your Say” tab. The forum will be open until April 30th, 2018.

To participate, please click "register" at the top of the page or sign in.

Transport Canada is conducting a review to consider the risks and benefits of making child restraint systems (car seats) mandatory on board commercial flights for children under two years.

Seats and lap belts on board today’s commercial aircraft are not well suited to safely restrain infants or children under a certain weight and/or height. Children under two years may be held in an adult’s arms during a flight; however, parents and caregivers may choose to restrain them in a car seat or other child restraint systems designed for use on board an aircraft. Although not mandatory, the use of car seats on aircraft has been permitted in Canada since 1990.

We would like to hear your thoughts on car seats and other child restraint systems on board aircraft for children under two years. Your input will help inform the department’s policy direction. Please read our background document and have your say. There are two ways to participate:

  • Send a formal written submission via the “Submissions” tab, by April 30th, 2018;
  • Participate in our discussion forum via the “Have Your Say” tab. The forum will be open until April 30th, 2018.

To participate, please click "register" at the top of the page or sign in.

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