Beware of buying U.S. car seats for use in Canada

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Don’t buy your child’s car or booster seat in the United States – they don’t meet Canadian safety standards, Transport Canada and the local health unit warn.

It may be cheaper to buy them on the American side, but if you’re caught with one, you could face fines, demerit points, increased car insurance, and even criminal charges.

“In fact, it is illegal to import and use a seat that does not comply with Canadian standards,” a media release from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit said.

Local car seat technicians, who hold clinics to demonstrate to parents and caregivers how to properly install them, are seeing more and more seats that have been purchased outside Canada.

“When purchasing car seats, Canadians need to ensure they are buying one that carries the National Safety Mark,” the release said.

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