At Ford Canada, safety has always been one of our top priorities.

That’s why we’re happy to celebrate the 30th anniversary of seat belt laws in Canada. Seat belts save lives, there’s no question about it.

Ford has always been committed to perfecting seat belt technology. One of our exciting new features is inflatable seat belts for rear-seat occupants, who often happen to be children. These seat belts spread crash forces over five times more body area than conventional seat belts. Because of this, the seat belts help to reduce pressure on the chest and aid in the control of head and neck motion for the occupant. It’s also important to note that these seat belts are actually more comfortable than conventional seat belts because of the soft padding.

We recently visited the child seat clinic hosted by the Ontario Provincial Police at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. Police constable Susan Mundy gave us some tips on installing a child’s car seat:

Always check the manufacturer’s information, often found on labels. Also check for expiry dates. “Seats generally should not be used after a seven-year period,” Mundy said.

• When a child seat is rear facing, the shoulder straps should be positioned at or below the shoulder. When it is forward facing, the strap should be at or above the shoulder.

• The straps should fit as close to the child’s body as possible.

• Child car seats should be installed as tight as possible. Give the seat a test by pushing and pulling it with considerable force. It should not move by more than one inch on either side.

Are you having trouble installing your child’s car seat? Let us know in the comments below?