Nearly Three Quarters Fail Orillia Car Seat Spot Check

Educational Spot Check Means No Fines Handed Out

OPP in Orillia aren’t happy, not at all. They’re saying a child seat spot check in town showed 73 per cent of seats checked had some issue with them. Either they were installed in a car wrong, had expired, or were the wrong seat for the weight, age, or height of the kid sitting in it. OPP Constable Jim Edwards says these aren’t something you can buy used either, saying buying a car seat at a garage sale means you don’t know if the seat has already been involved in a collision, or has passed its expiry date. He points out that, while 73% is high, it’s better than when his detachment began doing car seat spot checks three years ago. He says when they first started, over 90 per cent of seats weren’t up to snuff. On the up side, this was totally an educational spot check, no tickets were issued, and the kids left safer than when they arrived.