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Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations (SOR/2010-90)

Regulations are current to 2024-02-06 and last amended on 2020-02-04. Previous Versions

PART 1General (continued)

Reports

Marginal note:Initial report — notice to current owners

  •  (1) Within five working days after the day on which a company begins sending a notice of defect or non-compliance to current owners, the company must provide the Minister with a report containing

    • (a) a copy of the notice;

    • (b) a sample of the envelope used to mail the notice;

    • (c) the date on which the company began sending notices;

    • (d) the date on which the company finished, or expects to finish, sending notices; and

    • (e) the number of restraint systems or booster seats that are subject to the notice.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Despite paragraph (1)(b), a company is not required to provide a sample of the envelope if it uses an envelope that has previously been provided as a sample to the Minister and the report includes the date on which the sample was provided.

  • Marginal note:Initial report — notice to prescribed persons

    (3) Within five working days after the day on which a company begins sending a notice of defect or non-compliance to prescribed persons, the company must provide to the Minister a report containing

    • (a) a copy of the notice; and

    • (b) if no notices are sent to current owners, the number of restraint systems or booster seats that are subject to the notice.

  • Marginal note:Follow-up reports

    (4) For a period of five years beginning on the 60th day after the day on which a company gives a notice to the Minister under subsection 10(1) or 10.1(1) of the Act, the company must provide the Minister, within five working days after the day on which they are sent to their recipients, a copy of any of the following communications, with the date on which they were sent to their recipients:

    • (a) communications sent to more than one current owner relating to the defect or non-compliance; and

    • (b) communications sent to more than one prescribed person relating to

      • (i) the information set out in subsection 110(9) or 110.01(9), and

      • (ii) the defect or non-compliance.

Marginal note:Quarterly reports

  •  (1) For the purposes of section 10.2 of the Act, a company that gives a notice of defect or non-compliance to a current owner or a prescribed person must provide the Minister with quarterly reports that contain the following information:

    • (a) the motor vehicle safety recall number that is issued by the Department of Transport;

    • (b) the number, title or other identification that is assigned by the company to the notice;

    • (c) the number of restraint systems or booster seats that are subject to the notice, including the day on which the number was updated by the company;

    • (d) the number of restraint systems or booster seats for which corrective measures have been taken, including those that required only an inspection, and the day on which that number was determined by the company; and

    • (e) a statement setting out the manner in which the company disposed of the defective parts, restraint systems or booster seats.

  • Marginal note:Calendar

    (2) The company must provide the Minister with quarterly reports, in accordance with the following schedule, for a period of two years beginning on the 60th day after the day on which the company gives a notice to the Minister under subsection 10(1) or 10.1(1) of the Act:

    • (a) for the first calendar quarter, from January 1 through March 31, on or before April 30;

    • (b) for the second calendar quarter, from April 1 through June 30, on or before July 30;

    • (c) for the third calendar quarter, from July 1 through September 30, on or before October 30; and

    • (d) for the fourth calendar quarter, from October 1 through December 31, on or before January 30 of the following year.

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PART 2CMVSS 213 — Child Restraint Systems

General

Marginal note:Interpretation

 In this Part, Test Method 213 means Test Method 213 — Child Restraint Systems (May 2012), published by the Department of Transport.

  • SOR/2013-117, s. 22

Marginal note:Restraint of torso and crotch

 Every child restraint system must, when the anthropomorphic test device is positioned in the restraint system in accordance with subsection 4.4.2 or 4.5.2 of Test Method 213,

  • (a) restrain the upper torso by means of

    • (i) in the case of a forward-facing restraint system,

      • (A) belts passing over each shoulder, or

      • (B) a fixed or movable surface that conforms to the requirements of section 211, or

    • (ii) in the case of a rear-facing restraint system, belts passing over each shoulder;

  • (b) restrain the lower torso by means of

    • (i) a pelvic restraint making an angle of at least 45° but not more than 90° with the seating surface of the restraint system at the pelvic restraint attachment points, or

    • (ii) a fixed or movable surface that conforms to the requirements of section 211; and

  • (c) in the case of a forward-facing restraint system, restrain the crotch by means of

    • (i) a crotch belt that is connectable to the pelvic restraint or to any other device used to restrain the lower torso, or

    • (ii) a fixed or movable surface that conforms to the requirements of section 211.

Marginal note:Means of securing forward-facing child restraint system

  •  (1) Every forward-facing child restraint system must be designed to be secured to a vehicle

    • (a) by means of a vehicle seat belt together with the tether strap provided with the restraint system, without using any other means of attachment; and

    • (b) by means of a lower connector system together with the tether strap provided with the restraint system, without using any other means of attachment.

  • Marginal note:Rear-facing child restraint system

    (2) Subject to subsection (3), every rear-facing child restraint system must be designed to be secured to a vehicle

    • (a) by means of a vehicle seat belt, without using any other means of attachment; and

    • (b) by means of a lower connector system, without using any other means of attachment.

  • Marginal note:Rear-facing child restraint system with tether strap

    (3) If a rear-facing child restraint system is equipped with a tether strap and the manufacturer recommends its use, the restraint system must be designed to be secured to a vehicle

    • (a) by means of the tether strap together with a vehicle seat belt, without using any other means of attachment; and

    • (b) by means of the tether strap together with a lower connector system, without using any other means of attachment.

Marginal note:Belts and movable surfaces designed to restrain a child

 Every belt or movable surface that is part of a child restraint system and that is designed to restrain a child must be adjustable to snugly fit a child whose mass and height are within the ranges indicated in the statement referred to in paragraph 218(1)(d), when the child is positioned in the restraint system in accordance with the instructions referred to in paragraph 220(1)(c) and the restraint system is adjusted in accordance with the instructions referred to in paragraph 220(1)(d).

Marginal note:Audible or visible indication

 Every child restraint system must provide a clear, audible indication when each connector in a lower connector system is securely attached to the lower universal anchorage system or a clear, visual indication that each connector is securely attached to the lower universal anchorage system.

Marginal note:Flammability

 Every child restraint system must be constructed only of materials that conform to the requirements of TSD 302.

  • SOR/2013-117, s. 23

Belt Buckles and Webbing

Marginal note:Conformity with TSD 209

 Every belt buckle and related piece of adjustment hardware and every tether strap attachment and related piece of adjustment hardware that are part of a child restraint system must conform to the requirements of S4.3(a)(2) and (b) of TSD 209.

Marginal note:Belt buckles

 Every belt buckle that is fitted on a belt designed to restrain a child in a child restraint system must

  • (a) under the conditions set out in section 3 of Test Method 213,

    • (i) not release when any force of less than 40 N is applied, and

    • (ii) release when a force of at least 40 N but not more than 62 N is applied;

  • (b) under the conditions set out in section 5 of Test Method 213, release when a force of not more than 71 N is applied;

  • (c) conform to the requirements of S4.3(d)(2) of TSD 209, except that the surface area of a belt buckle designed for push-button application must be at least 385 mm2;

  • (d) conform to the requirements of S4.3(g) of TSD 209; and

  • (e) not release during the dynamic tests specified in section 4 of Test Method 213.

  • SOR/2013-117, s. 24

Marginal note:Webbing

 Any webbing that is designed to secure a child restraint system to a user-ready tether anchorage or to a lower universal anchorage system, or to restrain a child within the restraint system, must

  • (a) when tested in accordance with S5.1(b) of TSD 209, before being tested for resistance to abrasion as specified in S5.1(d) or S5.3(c) of TSD 209, for resistance to light as specified in S5.1(e) of TSD 209 or for resistance to micro-organisms as specified in S5.1(f) of TSD 209, have a breaking strength of

    • (i) at least 15 000 N, in the case of webbing designed to secure the restraint system to the user-ready tether anchorage or to the lower universal anchorage system, or

    • (ii) at least 11 000 N, in the case of webbing designed to restrain a child within the restraint system;

  • (b) when tested in accordance with S5.1(b) of TSD 209, after being tested for resistance to abrasion as specified in S5.1(d) or S5.3(c) of TSD 209, have a breaking strength of at least 75% of its initial breaking strength;

  • (c) conform to the requirements respecting breaking strength set out in S4.2(e) and (f) of TSD 209; and

  • (d) if contactable by the torso when the restraint system is tested in accordance with section 4 of Test Method 213, have a width of not less than 38 mm, measured as specified in S5.1(a) of TSD 209.

  • SOR/2013-117, s. 16

Contactable Surfaces

Marginal note:Contactable surfaces

 Every child restraint system must provide

  • (a) for the support of the child’s back, a continuous surface that is flat or concave and has an area of not less than 54 800 mm2; and

  • (b) for the support of the sides of the child’s torso, continuous surfaces that are flat or concave and have an area of not less than 30 500 mm2 each.

Marginal note:Prohibition

 A child restraint system must not have any surface directly in front of the child, unless the surface is designed to limit the forward movement of the child.

Marginal note:Cross-sections of surface

 Every horizontal cross-section of a surface of a child restraint system that is designed to limit the forward movement of a child must be flat or concave, and every vertical longitudinal cross-section of that surface must be flat or convex with a radius of curvature of the underlying structure of not less than 50 mm.

Marginal note:Rigid structural elements

 Any rigid structural element underlying a contactable surface of a child restraint system must not have

  • (a) a protrusion, with any padding or flexible overlay material removed, of more than 9.5 mm; or

  • (b) an exposed edge with a radius of less than 6.4 mm.

Marginal note:Surface contactable by head

 Every surface of a child restraint system that is contactable by the head of an anthropomorphic test device positioned in the restraint system in accordance with subsection 4.4.2 or 4.5.2 of Test Method 213 must be covered with slow-recovery, energy-absorbing material that, when tested in accordance with section 6 of Test Method 213, has

  • (a) a resistance of not less than 4 kPa but not more than 70 kPa at 25% of compression-deflection resistance;

  • (b) a thickness of not less than 12 mm, if the material has a resistance of not less than 12 kPa but not more than 70 kPa at 25% of compression-deflection resistance; and

  • (c) a thickness of not less than 19 mm, if the material has a resistance of not less than 4 kPa but less than 12 kPa at 25% of compression-deflection resistance.

Testing

Marginal note:Inversion testing

 A child restraint system that is subjected to an inversion test in accordance with section 7 of Test Method 213 must not fall out of the aircraft passenger seat belt, and the anthropomorphic test device must not fall out of the restraint system, at any time during the rotation or three-second immobilisation period referred to in that section.

Marginal note:Dynamic testing

  •  (1) A child restraint system that is subjected to a dynamic test in accordance with section 4 of Test Method 213 must, when in any adjustment position for which there is no warning under subparagraph 218(1)(e)(iii),

    • (a) exhibit no complete separation of any load-bearing structural element, and no partial separation exposing a surface with

      • (i) a protrusion of more than 9.5 mm, or

      • (ii) a radius of less than 6.4 mm;

    • (b) remain in the same adjustment position during the test as it was in immediately before the test began;

    • (c) except in the case of a restraint system tested with the anthropomorphic test device specified in subpart S, part 572, chapter V, title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States (revised as of October 1, 2012), limit the resultant acceleration at the location of the accelerometer mounted in the upper thorax of the anthropomorphic test device to not more than 60 g, except for intervals of not more than 3 ms;

    • (d) except in the case of a restraint system tested with the anthropomorphic test device specified in subpart S, part 572, chapter V, title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States (revised as of October 1, 2012), limit the resultant acceleration of the centre of gravity of the head of the anthropomorphic test device during the movement of the head towards the front of the vehicle to not more than 80 g, except for intervals of not more than 3 ms, unless it is established that any resultant acceleration above 80 g is caused by another part of the anthropomorphic test device striking its head;

    • (e) subject to subsection 216(2), limit the movement of the head of the anthropomorphic test device towards the rear of the restraint system by means of a continuous seat back that is an integral part of the restraint system; and

    • (f) subject to subsection 216(2), limit the rotation of the head of the anthropomorphic test device towards the rear of the restraint system, in its midsagittal plane, by means of a continuous seat back that is an integral part of the restraint system, so that the angle between the head and the torso is at no time during the test more than 45° as compared to the angle between the head and the torso prior to the test.

  • Marginal note:Continuous seat back

    (2) The continuous seat back referred to in paragraphs (1)(e) and (f) must have

    • (a) a height

      • (i) of at least 500 mm, in the case of a child restraint system recommended by the manufacturer for use by a child whose mass is 18 kg or less, or

      • (ii) of at least 560 mm, in the case of a child restraint system recommended by the manufacturer for use by a child whose mass is more than 18 kg; and

    • (b) a width of at least 200 mm, measured in the horizontal plane at the height specified in paragraph (a).

  • Marginal note:Measurement of height — paragraph (2)(a)

    (3) The height referred to in paragraph (2)(a) must be measured in a plane parallel to the surface of the seat back of the child restraint system and orthogonal to the vertical longitudinal plane passing through the longitudinal centreline of the restraint system, from the lowest point of the restraint system’s seating surface that is contacted by the buttocks of the seated anthropomorphic test device.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (4) Despite paragraph (2)(b), if the child restraint system provides surfaces for the support of the sides of the torso, and those surfaces extend at least 100 mm forward from the padded surface of the portion of the restraint system provided for the support of the head of the anthropomorphic test device, the restraint system may have a continuous seat back width of not less than 150 mm, measured in the horizontal plane at the height referred to in paragraph (2)(a).

  • Marginal note:Belt

    (5) Every belt that is part of a child restraint system and that is designed to restrain a child in the restraint system must not, when subjected to a dynamic test in accordance with section 4 of Test Method 213, impose on the anthropomorphic test device any loads that result from the mass of the restraint system or the mass of the seat back of the standard seat assembly.

  • SOR/2013-117, s. 25
 

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