The BEST FIT Car Seat Program offers public clinics across Ottawa, where Ottawa Safety Council certified Children’s Restraint System Technicians provide education and inspection to ensure that car seats and booster seats are installed safely. The program is run by certified volunteers & staff who have a commitment to child safety.
The goal of the program is to promote and demonstrate current best practices regarding the safe transportation of children in vehicles.
Up to 40 minutes in length.
Yes, it takes about 40 minutes to inspect each seat and provide education to ensure your child is restrained correctly.
Please be aware that the OSC will only install a seat that:
1. Displays the National Safety Mark.
3. Has not been recalled by the manufacturer.
4. Is to be used for a child who meets the height and weight limits as determined by the manufacturer.
5. Has instructions (car seat manual) and all necessary straps and hardware.
6. Has never been in a vehicle at the time of a collision, or dropped in a manner that could have caused structural damage.
7. Does not show stress marks or cracks in the plastic.
8. Does not have worn or torn harness or tether straps.
9. Can be safely installed in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer instructions (vehicle owner’s manual).
The goal of the program is to educate, demonstrate, and ensure you can install your seat correctly. Please install your car seat prior to your appointment to the best of your ability, using your car seat manual and your vehicle manual.
An Ottawa Safety Council Certified Children’s Restraint Systems Technician must complete a two day, 16-hour course that includes home study, in-class teaching time, written exam and participate in a car seat clinic to receive certification. To maintain their certification in good standing, they must complete annually a minimum of 10 installations; as well as complete a refresher course. Each clinic has a Senior Technician or Instructor working with the technicians and checks and signs off on every installation.