American and Canadian carseats aren't allowed to be used after crossing the boarders.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/03/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I don't know if anyone else knew this, but you technically aren't allowed to use an American carseat in Canada and you also can't use a Canadian carseat in the States. I found this out a few weeks ago when I called Safety first to get a new user manual for my infant carseat I'd bought in Target back in my hometown in NY. I currently live in BC. The man told me that I could be ticketed for using my American carseat.

I just wanted people to know. And I think it's silly because so many Canadians and Americans drive across the boarder with their children every day. Any thoughts on this?

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/04/2011

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But you said the US has lower standards than Canada. The guy at Safety 1st said it has something to do with the certification that the countries don't recognize. I really can't believe the US and Canada are so different though.

Jodi - posted on 11/03/2011

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It would be to do with the coutry's testing standards. it's like here in Australia, we can't use imported seats because they haven't been tested for use here, and nor would they be compatible (or tested) with our anchoring system (which is unique).

But you are right, it doesn't make much sense between USA and Canada, you'd think they'd try to get on the same page.

Karen - posted on 11/03/2011

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I can certainly see that it wouldn't be one of the first things to think of when moving out of country :) Just make sure that after you do get a new Canadian seat to make sure no one else can get use out of your US seat (unless you can pass it on to someone else in the US) by cutting straps.

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Amanda - posted on 11/04/2011

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Because every country thinks they have higher standards then another of course.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/04/2011

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My older daughter has a booster seat made in Canada that looks exactly like the booster seat she had back in the States. The main difference is testing and the fact that my 7 month old's car seat doesn't have a red maple leaf sticker somewhere.

The testing is probably a little different and the countries both have separate regulations. I wish they'd both get their shit together though considering that there are people with children who move from the US to Canada or from Canada to the US and don't know that the carseats aren't compatible.

Amanda, if the US has lower standards then why are Canadian carseats banned in the US?

Amanda - posted on 11/04/2011

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It is possible that the car seat is made from different plastic according to regulations in each country. Unfor USA regulations are much lower then Canadian ones, this is why USA car seats are ban from Canadian use.



Just like many drugs in USA are not sold in Canada or visa versa.

Emilie - posted on 11/04/2011

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Do they look the same and work the same? I have never been to Canada, but I think this is a strange law.

Amanda - posted on 11/04/2011

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You can drive across the boarder and VISIT with your carseat. You can not LIVE in Canada with an american carseat and vise versa.



And the reason for it is testing standards. Usa and Canada have way different testing standards for everything from cars, to drugs. Its also illegal to buy a new car in USA and import it to Canada.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/03/2011

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Yes they do. I miss the extra stores and being able to drive 15 minutes to another store or mall if the first one was out of stock. You can't do that where I live now :(

Karen - posted on 11/03/2011

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oh that sounds cute! they seem to have alot more to choose from in patterns down there

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/03/2011

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Thanks. Well at least there's nothing on strollers. My older daughter and I picked out the travel stroller with an apple pattern on it in black, deep pink and red because it's so different.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/03/2011

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Thanks for the link. I didn't purchase the seat to just bring it across the boarder. I moved to Canada in June from where I was born in NY. There are different DOT laws. Which is funny considering we nearly share a road. I guess it's a good thing my 7 month old will be outgrowing the carrier soon.

Karen - posted on 11/03/2011

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I just found an article about it by Transport Canada stating that it is infact illegal to puchase a seat in the US to bring across the boarder for use in Canada (doesn't say anything about not being able to use your own seats while on a visit across the boarder), This was released a few years ago, but it is still the same information that childsafety link gives out at my local children's hospital so the law on the matter hasn't changed since it was written. hope this helps a bit in understanding...

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/safed...

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/03/2011

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State to state and from what I understand province to province there isn't much of a difference.

Karen - posted on 11/03/2011

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I knew about this, but I believe it only applies to BUYING a car seat in the US while visiting and bringing it back to Canada to use (or vice versa - which is what you did) and not actually crossing the boarder for a visit and using your carseats. The carseats themselves are universal, but the testing regulations are different in Canada then they are in the US so US approved safety testing doesn't meet the same criteria as Canadian testing.

Sharlene - posted on 11/03/2011

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well we dont have it over here when we go out of state LOL. Hve you phone you local county maybe?????

Firebird - posted on 11/03/2011

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You'd think so, it sounds pretty ridiculous to me. I could understand it if you're travelling to the other side of the world, but Canada and USA are on the same freaking continent.

Sharlene - posted on 11/03/2011

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Hi . I guess thats the law , Im not American or Canadian Im from aust.cheers

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/03/2011

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Neither had I until I called for a new owner's manual and told the guy I'd bought the car seat in the States. I'm guessing that RCMP and State police make exceptions for US and Canadian drivers. But still you'd think the carseats would be universal.

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