Frequently asked questions about car seats

By Diono on March 19, 2014

Do all car seats sold in Canada meet Transport Canada standards?

All seats sold on the Canadian market must bear the National Safety Mark attesting to the fact that the authorized manufacturer has certified that the seat meets the prescribed Canadian safety standards. Transport Canada monitors the manufacturers’ testing and certification programs through its own independent compliance-testing program.

What is the National Safety Mark?

The National Safety Mark is a Crown trademark, incorporating a unique alphanumeric identified that the Minister of Transport authorizes and assigns to individual manufacturers to affix to all car seats intended for the Canadian market. The National Safety Mark represents the manufacturer’s declaration that the car seat complies with all applicable safety standards and regulations in effect on the date of manufacture.

What is NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) crash testing?

All vehicles in the U.S. and Canada must undergo NCAP crash testing at 56 km/h to simulate a severe car accident. Child car seats are only required to crash test at 48 km/h. At 56 km/h, an NCAP test can have almost double the crash impact force of a standard 48 km/h car seat crash test. NCAP is a “severe-accident” survivability crash test for a car seat and the child who must depend on it. Radian seats successfully NCAP crash test at both 20.5 kg RF and 30 kg FF without relying on the top tether.

Does the 30 kg lower anchor limit apply to all UAS equipped vehicles?

No. It is important to read the manual for the weight limit when using UAS. The 30 kg lower anchor limit for Radian car seats is only for vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2005 when vehicle lower anchor strength requirements were increased.

What is the benefit to having a unique removable rear-facing base on a convertible?

The unique base of the Radian simplifies and stabilizes rear-facing installation. Radian performs extremely well in rear-facing crash tests. A removable base allows Radian to be positioned lower on the vehicle seat for improved forward-facing safety and convenience.

Do all car seats have side impact protection?

No. Currently, there is no U.S., Canadian or European regulatory side- impact testing requirements. A manufacturer can claim "side- impact safety" without meeting any standard. All Diono car seats provide reinforced side- impact protection, and some models offer the increased protection of an adjustable head support. Diono’s RadianRXT and Monterey™ models were side- impact tested to the widely accepted German standard established by ADAC, Europe’s largest automobile club.

Visit parentscanada.com/carseats for all the information you need for getting the right car seat.

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The radian® rXT car seats are designed with your child's security and safety as top priorities.


By Diono| March 19, 2014

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